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A Cochrane review explored research that compared the effects of water-based training, land-based exercise and no training on exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD
England and Wales are currently experiencing unusually high rates of scarlet fever so it is vital that health professionals know what to do when someone is infected
The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined
Patients with tracheostomies are at risk of serious complications. A review of care given to these patients has resulted in a range of recommendations
There is insufficient evidence to support one drug treatment regimen for children with tuberculosis over any other. Research is therefore needed to identify effective medication regimens
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
A new once-daily, maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been launched.
Community and hospital nurses are being urged to help prevent emergency admissions this winter by raising awareness of bronchiolitis among parents with very young children.
Households are being urged to look out for their neighbours during the winter months in a bid to cut the death toll caused by cold weather.
UK researchers claim they may have discovered a new way to tackle life-threatening asthma exacerbations.
Practice nurses will be able to produce plans to help asthma sufferers manage their condition at the click of a mouse thanks to the launch of a new software tool by a leading charity.
A “worrying” number of antibiotics prescribed to patients by their family doctors fail to treat common infections, new research suggests.
A new once-daily dual bronchodilator is now available across England for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, its manufacturers have announced.
What will it take for people to realise that making money out of other people's misery is utterly unacceptable?
It’s Hallowe’en again, and as sure as ghouls emerge from graveyards, we have another crop of “hilarious” costumes making a joke out of mental illness.
Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?
Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care
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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
“Doctors in Britain are ‘missing opportunities’ to spot lung cancer at an early stage,” BBC News reports. A study found around a third of people with the condition die within 90 days of their initial diagnosis.