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Being in hospital could provide an opportunity for nurses to improve poor inhaler technique among young patients admitted for asthma, according to US researchers.
Nurses should consider encouraging asthma patients to choose an inhaler that is both best for them and also the environment, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Research looking at the benefits of electronic cigarettes often has conflicting outcomes. Two clinical experts debate the arguments for and against e-cigarettes
Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma or have a poor quality of life from long-term conditions compared to counterparts in other high-income countries.
Drug regulators have approved a combination of fluticasone and formoterol in a device that can be used with a spacer for treating asthma in children.
A third biological treatment looks set to be approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for treating patients with severe asthma in England and Wales.
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.
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.
The Welsh government has announced that £2.5m will be invested in a new innovation centre to develop new ways to tackle respiratory disease.
Falling numbers of asthma deaths, hospital admissions and prevalence have not changed regional and socio-economic variations in the condition, according to researchers.
Nurses make animated video to help cut asthma admissionsVideoSubscription
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.
The respiratory rate is an essential observation but is often not recorded. This article, the first in a six-part series looking at the importance of this vital sign, explains why nurses need to measure and record it
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.
In 2018, the Slough ‘asthma bus’ will tour secondary schools in the borough of Slough for the third consecutive year. This initiative won the Respiratory Nursing category in the 2017 Nursing Times Awards
Primary care practitioners do not always reduce inhaled medication doses for patients whose asthma is under control, despite this being recommended practice. A qualitative questionnaire study explored why
Temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Older adults are most likely to have asthma attacks and may need more regular check-ups, according to the first ever descriptive study of how the condition affects the UK adult population.
A new tool has been created that can help predict whether children with wheeze will develop asthma by the age of 20, according to UK researchers.
Pollen breakdown and transmission in thunderstorms could trigger asthma attacks in patients with allergy, according to a leading respiratory expert.
A leading charity is reminding patients and clinicians that a scarf “can save a life” when it comes to preventing exacerbations among those with asthma during cold winter temperatures.
Objective testing, including spirometry and fractional exhaled nitric oxide tests, should be used alongside clinical assessment to help diagnose asthma in primary care, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
A respiratory nurse has been named as “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales for her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in the UK.
A new smartphone application, or “app”, is being developed to give children and young people with asthma in London greater control over their treatment.
Older people who use steroid inhalers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more likely to experience particular bacterial infections, according to a large Canadian study.
Partnership working between general practice and specialist respiratory teams can improve the management of patients with undiagnosed breathlessness. This project was shortlisted for the HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches, Nursing Times Awards 2016
Asthma symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing and coughing can be reduced with improved diet and increased physical activity, according to researchers.
Nurses can now access asthma plans in 10 different languages including Arabic and Polish to help patients who do not speak English better manage their condition.
Children with asthma are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics, even though there is no evidence that they need them any more than children without condition, according to researchers.
Many respiratory nursing teams across the NHS are short-staffed with around half of nurses reporting they are unable to spend as much time with patients as needed, according to a new study.
A new drug for patients with severe asthma has taken a significant step towards being made available on the NHS, following a change of heart by the medicines regulator.
Pressure on accident and emergency departments means they are finding it “challenging” to meet standards for timely treatment for asthma patients, warn the authors of an audit.
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’The book is an absolute “must read” for anyone living with asthma, their family and/or carers’
Health professionals from across the NHS and beyond are being urged to adopt the latest version of the world’s first evidence-based guideline on the use of emergency oxygen.
An interactive new website has been launched today with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of accurate inhaler technique among nurses and other healthcare professionals.
A short film that is designed to help encourage children with asthma to use their inhalers effectively has been released today.
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.
Specialist nurses are taking part in an innovative new digital health project pilot that aims to reduce their risk of patients experiencing asthma exacerbations.
Spirometry is widely used to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases, but requires specific skills and knowledge. A national register is being created which will feature all appropriately trained and/or certified practitioners
Climate friendly asthma inhaler swap encouragedSubscription
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.
A winning team from the Nursing Times Awards 2016 set up an asthma clinic for people with learning disabilities to help improve asthma control and reduce pressure on urgent care services
Severe asthma can be countered by adequate assessment, support and treatment both in primary care and in specialist centres. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
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.