The widely held and persistent belief that milk boosts phlegm production and worsens respiratory conditions from asthma to the common cold, is a myth, argues a children’s health expert.
An “innovative” procedure that has the power to the change the lives of people with severe asthma has taken a major step towards being approved for routine use on the NHS.
Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea have a higher risk of developing gout, even beyond the first years after being diagnosed with the sleep disorder, according to researchers.
Honey or over-the-counter cough medicines should be the first port of call for people with a nasty cough, according to new draft guidance, which advises clinicians not to prescribe antibiotics.
Children going back to school are at higher risk of asthma attacks, the Royal College of Nursing has warned, ahead of the start of the new term.
Supplemental oxygen can be used to eliminate the rise in morning blood pressure for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to a small study, led by UK researchers.
Breathlessness and conditions of restrictive lung disease (RLD), such as pulmonary fibrosis, may be a late complication of type 2 diabetes, according to German researchers.
Air pollution is clearly linked to peaks in admissions to hospitals and visits to primary care for certain respiratory conditions, according to a new study by UK researchers.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has urged caution among prescribers over the use of antibiotics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Patients with lung cancer live longer, avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and cope better with treatment when cared for by specialist nurses, according to a new study.
A good relationship with a health professional, as well as peer support, have been identified among key factors in helping patients with lung conditions to stay active, according to UK researchers.
A nurse researcher has been has awarded a grant worth £25,000 to study improving follow-up care for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
The Welsh government has announced that £2.5m will be invested in a new innovation centre to develop new ways to tackle respiratory disease.
Overweight and obese people are twice as likely to survive if admitted to hospital for any kind of infectious disease, according to a major new study on the so-called “obesity paradox”.
Falling numbers of asthma deaths, hospital admissions and prevalence have not changed regional and socio-economic variations in the condition, according to researchers.
Measuring the strength of someone’s grip could be a cheap, easy and effective way of identifying people at high risk of a wide range of diseases including heart problems and cancer, a study suggests.
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Respiratory nurses at Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in West London are hoping to reduce the number of visits that young asthma patients make via an innovative visual learning approach.
Proton-pump inhibitors, commonly used to neutralise stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers, are linked to an increased risk of pneumonia in older patients, warn researchers.
One inhaler containing three drugs used once a day appears to be superior than existing dual therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a major trial.
Investing in a nursing post to specifically boost continuity of care for oncology patients can bring tremendous benefits in terms of satisfaction and quality of life, according to researchers.
Nurses and others working for pulmonary rehabilitation services have seen staffing levels drop and their workload increase amid fears they are struggling to offer timely support to those who desperately need it.
Most cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be linked to factors in childhood, according to a major new study, which highlights the need for early intervention and prevention.
Short-term increases in inhaled steroids do not provide the benefits that are generally expected during the early stages of an attack, according to US researchers.
Health professionals must remain vigilant about tuberculosis, even in low-incidence settings, the World Health Organization has warned.
Differences approaches take by clinical teams to the active treatment of lung cancer across England may be cutting short the lives of hundreds of patients with the disease every year, warn researchers.
The arrival of winter has become synonymous with missed waiting time targets, cancelled operations and efforts to redirect people away from accident and emergency departments.
Temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, according to US researchers.
Obesity is not a risk factor for severe acute respiratory illnesses, including the influenza, in children or adults, despite it previously being linked to more severe cases, according to US researchers.
Three specific lots of asthma inhalers are being recalled, including preventer and emergency relief inhalers, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned.
Women with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to an international study, including UK patients.
Women who regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at work appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not, according to new research.
A new thoracic nurse specialist has been appointed in London specifically to support mesothelioma patients, a charity has announced.
A new “taskforce for lung health”, comprising 25 representatives from the respiratory sector, is calling for evidence to identify what needs to change in the prevention and diagnosis of lung disease.
Nurses, doctors and therapists at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working together to identify and treat people with severe asthma who could benefit from new drugs.
Senior nurses at Colchester Hospital have praised staff for their “fantastic team work” in treating a significantly higher number of children than a year ago.
Healthcare professionals should tell patients that most sore throats do not need antibiotics, states guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.
Funding for the delivery of respiratory care is set to be “rebalanced” in Wales away from hospitals and towards specialist nurses working in the community, according to a plan to reduce variation.
Bed occupancy rates in English hospitals remain well above safe limits, but fewer patients are facing long delays in ambulances, according to latest figures, suggesting the pressure may be easing.
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has recently introduced a new way of testing adult patients for flu, with nurses using a molecular analysing device by the bedside that only takes 20 minutes.
Nurses are deviating from early warning scoring systems and taking fewer vital signs at night so they do not disrupt patients’ sleep, which could be posing a risk to patient safety, according to a new study involving a hospital in England.
Seasonal influenza levels have continued to rise in the last week across the UK, according to Public Health England, with the country now experiencing the most significant flu season since 2010-11.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, especially those who also have other chronic illnesses, are at greater risk of adverse medication reactions, according to a UK primary care study.
Influenza is seen and anticipated every year all around the world. In the UK, experts use countries like Australia as a gauge of what the season likely has in store for us, explains Pat Cattini.
A range of key capacity issues and concerns have converged today, leading to warnings that the winter pressures facing the NHS have reached a “watershed moment”.
NHS employers are being urged to ensure nurses and other clinicians know how to operate oxygen cylinders correctly, after a number of incidents in which patients died due to their incorrect use.
Nurses and doctors have been told that non-urgent inpatient elective care in England should be deferred until the end of the month, in an extension of measures to cope with winter pressures.
A dedicated theatre nurse has today been presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her services to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow.
Asthma patients who continue to have problems, despite receiving standard treatment, experience an improved quality of life when they are taught breathing exercises, according to UK researchers.
Louise Gilham has been appointed to a newly created mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist post to support patients across Kent.
Hospital trusts must take note of evidence showing that lung disease is “almost unique” high seasonal variation, with a rise in admissions coinciding with cold weather episodes.