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Effects of water-based exercise training for people with COPD

Effects of water-based exercise training for people with COPD Subscription Required

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

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever Subscription Required

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

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results Subscription Required

The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined

Safe care of patients with tracheostomies

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Patients with tracheostomies are at risk of serious complications. A review of care given to these patients has resulted in a range of recommendations

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Intermittent and daily therapy for tuberculosis in children

Intermittent and daily therapy for tuberculosis in children Subscription Required

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

Use of respiratory and facial protection

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Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection

Early identification and treatment of sepsis

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Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms

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Drop in access to COPD specialist nursing care sparks warning

There has been a “concerning” fall in access to specialist nurse services for patients admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a major audit has found.

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NICE issues draft guidance on common infant breathing disorder

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued draft recommendations to provide best practice advice on the care of babies and young children with bronchiolitis.

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Give smokers 'more help to quit' while in hospital, say specialists

Trusts are being urged to do more to follow national guidance and help patients quit smoking while they are in hospital, in the wake of new research on its efficacy.

Once-daily bronchodilator COPD treatment launched in UK

A new once-daily, maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been launched.

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Nurses asked to help boost awareness of infant bronchiolitis

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.

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Health advice for winter months

Health advice issued to patients ahead of winter months

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.

'Exciting' asthma therapy discovery

Study finds reason why colds trigger asthma attacks

UK researchers claim they may have discovered a new way to tackle life-threatening asthma exacerbations. 

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'Why do so many patients with COPD still have no access to specialist nurses?'

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) must come to terms with having a progressive and incurable disease that will increasingly limit their capacity for physical activity, and is almost certain to cause their death. And the fact that it affects the ability to breathe means they are constantly reminded of this frightening prospect.

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It's time to sing the praises of respiratory nurses

It's time to sing the praises of respiratory nurses

Respiratory nurses are integral to the care and support of those affected by lung disease. They coordinate care and can provide essential patient support from initial diagnosis to end of life - yet their role often remains unsung.

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An overview of acute exacerbations of COPD

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Assessing and preventing acute exacerbations of COPD

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Acute respiratory failure 1: assessing patients

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.

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

“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.

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