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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
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
Whooping cough has been found in a fifth of UK school age children visiting their GP with persistent cough, even though most have been fully vaccinated, according to researchers from Oxford University.
Action needs to be taken now to stop people dying needlessly from respiratory disease, MPs have warned.
One in eight women are still smoking during pregnancy, but the numbers are falling, new figures suggest.
A couch potato lifestyle is linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes, research has shown.
One in four smokers who carry a gene mutation found in 2% of the population will develop lung cancer, a large-scale study has shown
A new treatment option for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension has been launched in England.
A major international study has found that a drug previously used as a cancer treatment can significantly slow the progression of a fatal lung disease.
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”.