Treatment with inhaled steroids may slightly increase the risk of pneumonia in patients with asthma, as well as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to Canadian researchers.
A “unique” smartphone app to help asthma patients manage their condition has been developed through a partnership involving academics and a pharmaceutical company.
A novel way of using a swab test can rapidly diagnose influenza and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions, resulting in shorter antibiotic courses and less time in hospital.
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Nurses and other clinicians should consider swapping asthma patients onto more environmentally friendly types of inhaler, where it is safe to do so, says a professional body.
Tucking up children in dust mite-proof bedding may help reduce severe asthma attacks and prevent frightening and costly hospital admissions, suggests new UK research.
Recent calls for an expansion of hospital smoking bans to outside areas as well have been reignited by Public Health England.
Treatment in intensive care does not necessarily benefit patients experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure exacerbations, or even acute heart attacks, suggests a study.
Discharge planning for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease must be improved, says a report that found more than 40% end up back in hospital after three months.
There has been an “encouraging rise in survival” among patients with lung cancer, according to a major audit, but contact with nurse specialists remains too low.
Community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease linked to winter, as it occurs throughout all four seasons, according to Spanish researchers.