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Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection
Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms
National and local strategies aim to reduce the risk of hypothermia. Nurses have a vital role in identifying and supporting patients at risk of hypothermia
Chronic respiratory conditions with antibody deficiency can be treated with replacement therapy at home rather than in hospital
Exacerbations are common in people with asthma so patients should be thoroughly assessed each time they present and management tailored to each individual
Measurement of exhaled nitric oxide is a non-invasive test that can be used in primary care settings to predict reponsiveness to steroid therapy in patients with asthma
The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu
The spread of poor diets with large amounts of processed food, fat and refined sugar could be leading to increasing levels of inflammation in the body and, as a result, contributing to increased asthma prevalence, say researchers.
A simple, handheld test has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to help clinicians in the diagnosis and management of asthma.
Preterm births and cases of children attending hospital with asthma have fallen dramatically since laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces were introduced in Europe and North America.
Drugs currently used to lower cholesterol could bring relief to lung disease patients, a study has shown.
Draft guidance has recommended afatinib (Giotrif) as a treatment for locally advanced, or metastatic, non-small-cell lung cancer.
Lung cancer rates have soared among women over the past four decades, but are now declining among men, new figures show.
Less than a quarter of people infected in recent flu outbreaks actually showed any symptoms, UK researchers have claimed.
Oxygen is one of the most commonly administered drugs in acute care, often at high doses. However, given inappropriately, it can have adverse effects and, in susceptible patients, its injudicious use causes harm - even death.
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This is the first in a two-part unit on acute respiratory failure. Part 1 explores respiratory failure and its causes and identifies ways of recognising patients in acute respiratory failure.
Behind the Headlines
“NHS death rate is one of worst in the West,” says the Daily Mail, while The Times front page warns of “Alarm over ‘high’ death rate in English hospitals”.