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Patients may miss difficult-asthma clinic appointments for several reasons; a study examined whether telephoning those who did not turn up improved future attendance
Denise Beach has asthma. She outlines her problems in accessing appropriate treatment in accident and emergency
The Buteyko breathing technique has been shown to help people control asthma symptoms and could be incorporated into asthma reviews by practice nurses
Hay-fever symptoms tend to coincide with school and college examination periods and, if uncontrolled, can have a detrimental effect on students’ results
A care bundle for patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease enabled nurses to improve the care pathway and reduce readmissions
The second article in a two-part series on the use of spacers to treat asthma in children describes the development of a child friendly spacer
More than one million children in the UK have asthma. Those who use spacers with their inhalers have a better chance of getting an effective drug dose
A drug alert has been issued over the risk of glass particles in some batches of an asthma treatment.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience significant chronic pain of similar severity to the pain of arthritis, a new study has found.
Spicing up asthma medications with ginger may make them more effective, a study has shown.
A novel nasal spray formulation of fluticasone propionate and azelastine hydrochloride has been launched in the UK for relief of symptoms of moderate to severe seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.
Future treatment of acute lung injury (ALI) could involve a ‘magic bullet’ nanomedicine, designed to target the point of inflammation.
A new asthma combined maintenance and reliever treatment has been launched in the UK.
There is an “alarming variation” across the country in the numbers of asthma patients who are admitted to hospitals after suffering from an asthma attack, a charity has said.
Yesterday I went to see a play Inside out of Mind. Based on a dementia admissions ward it told the story of staff and patients.
I qualified as a nurse more than 17 years ago and, as a result of that, I have seen three governments run the NHS, continuous changes and a whole host of health-service scandals that have ended in increased scrutiny and criticism by the media and by society.
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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.