Category list : Asthma
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Researchers question accuracy of asthma test Subscription
A test used for screening for asthma in patients without previous symptoms is not “reliable” for diagnosing the respiratory condition, according to researchers.
Asthma experts have welcomed the decision to provisionally approve a new drug for use in the NHS in England, which could help transform the lives of those with severe symptoms.
Hospital nurses involved in discharging children after severe asthma attacks should broach the issue of environmental tobacco smoke with parents or carers, according to the authors of a major audit.
Patients’ lives could be put at risk if pharmaceutical companies stray away from the widely recognised colour coding of inhalers used to treat asthma, respiratory experts have warned.
Updated asthma guideline: what's new?Subscription
The British Thoracic Society and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network have published their updated guideline on the management of asthma
New register for nurses who carry out spirometrySubscription
Primary care nurses will be able to prove their ability to perform spirometry, under a new certification and registration scheme set to be brought in over the next five years.
Nurses urged to use new national asthma guidanceSubscription
A “structured clinical assessment” should be used to identify those at risk of asthma exacerbations, in the absence of a one simple test for the condition, according to updated national guidance.
Asthma symptoms in children can be alleviated using a programme of simple breathing exercises called the Buteyko method, according to UK researchers.
Vitamin D supplements may cut asthma attacksSubscription
There is “high quality” evidence that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks, according to a Cochrane review.
‘Smart inhalers’ could revolutionise asthma careSubscription
New technology including so-called “smart inhalers” has the potential to revolutionise routine asthma care and reduce pressure on over-stretched NHS staff, according to a new report.