Respiratory system

Browse respiratory system news, education and analysis by respiratory system subsections - asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs); Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI)/pneumonia and influenza.

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QOF results are misrepresenting COPD care in primary care, report warns

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Influenza: clinical review

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Clinical review: Paediatric pertussis

Bronchiectasis: clinical review

Asthma

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

Updated BTS/SIGN guideline rules out single test to diagnose asthma

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network...

Viewpoint: Reducing DNAs for asthma reviews will save lives

Viewpoint: Reducing DNAs for asthma reviews will save lives

Asthma UK has produced a new guide to help practices reduce the number of patients...

Aerobic exercise should be 'routine treatment' for asthma, study finds

Aerobic exercise should be 'routine treatment' for asthma, study finds

Regular aerobic exercise 'reduces the need for inhalers' for patients with asthma...

COPD

Community lung specialists help GPs to cut COPD burden and save six-figure sums

Community lung specialists help GPs to cut COPD burden and save six-figure sums

GPs could work alongside specialist lung teams in the community to improve respiratory...

GPs cut COPD appointments 60% through 'boilers on prescription' scheme
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GPs cut COPD appointments 60% through 'boilers on prescription' scheme

A pilot scheme in Sunderland allowing GPs to prescribe boilers to COPD patients helped...

COPD misdiagnosed in 13% of patients due to NICE guidelines, study finds

COPD misdiagnosed in 13% of patients due to NICE guidelines, study finds

An estimated 13% of COPD diagnoses in England and Wales are false because of a flawed...

Lower respiratory tract infection and pneumonia

Pneumonia diagnosis and management

Pneumonia diagnosis and management

The key stages in diagnosing and managing pneumonia

Lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Dr Clive Kelly discusses the common forms of lung disease found in rheumatoid arthritis.

GPs urged to refer high-risk pneumonia cases

GPs urged to refer high-risk pneumonia cases

GPs are being urged to assess and refer patients with high-risk pneumonia to hospital...

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