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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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Physical and social causes of hypothermia

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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

Subcutaneous immuno-globulin therapy at home

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Chronic respiratory conditions with antibody deficiency can be treated with replacement therapy at home rather than in hospital

Managing acute asthma in primary care Subscription Required

Exacerbations are common in people with asthma so patients should be thoroughly assessed each time they present and management tailored to each individual

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Use of exhaled nitric oxide in asthma care

Use of exhaled nitric oxide in asthma care

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

Study suggests need for pertussis booster in teenagers

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.

MPs warn on respiratory diseases

MPs warn of need to do more to tackle respiratory diseases

Action needs to be taken now to stop people dying needlessly from respiratory disease, MPs have warned.

Pregnant smokers fall 'encouraging'

Fall in number of pregnant smokers 'encouraging'

One in eight women are still smoking during pregnancy, but the numbers are falling, new figures suggest.

Sitting down 'raises cancer risk'

Sitting down 'raises cancer risk'

A couch potato lifestyle is linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes, research has shown.

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Gene 'doubles lung cancer risk'

Gene 'doubles lung cancer risk'

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

Drug licensed for pulmonary arterial hypertension

A new treatment option for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension has been launched in England.

Drug 'slows lung disease progress'

Cancer drug also 'slows progress' of fatal lung disease

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.

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'Why do we remain so blasé about administering oxygen?'

'Why do we remain so blasé about administering oxygen?' Subscription Required

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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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.

Death rate 'much higher' in English than US hospitals

“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”.

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