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Promoting respiratory lung health in Ireland

Ahead of the Irish Thoracic Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Galway, Sarah Gallagher spoke to Consultant Respiratory Physician and local organiser Prof Anthony O’Regan about the agenda and issues facing respiratory medicine The lung disciplines are very broad, so we represent a huge community of patients, their relatives, and obviously our clinical practitioners around the…

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Diagnosis and management of COPD in 2019

This article reviews the diagnosis, classification and treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) based on the 2019 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines. The content identifies the key features of COPD recognition and diagnosis and recommends an approach to the management of COPD which considers treatable traits, as well…

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Chronic cough – 2019 ERS update

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has published new guidelines on the assessment of chronic cough. The purpose of the guidelines is to improve diagnostic accuracy and promote evidence-based therapy for both adult and paediatric populations Most recent guidelines define the duration of chronic cough to be eight weeks in adults and four in children, however,…

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One-third of patients with severe asthma found to be taking harmful doses of oral steroids

A third of patients with severe asthma are taking harmful doses of oral steroids, according to a study of several thousand people in The Netherlands, presented at the 2019 ERS International Congress. The majority of these patients could avoid taking oral steroids by improving their adherence to their other asthma medication and their inhaler technique,…

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Exposure to BPA in the womb linked to wheezing and poorer lung function in children, study finds

Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of the commonly used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) are more likely to have children who suffer with wheezing and poorer lung function, according to research presented at the 2019 ERS International Congress. Previous research suggests that phenols are ‘endocrine disruptors’, which can interfere with hormone signals in the body.…

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Treatment with long-term, low-dose antibiotic could help people born with chronic lung condition

Taking a low dose of the antibiotic azithromycin for six months reduces symptoms for patients with the chronic lung condition primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), according to research presented at the 2019 European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. PCD is a rare inherited disease that affects people from birth. It causes coughing, a build-up of mucus…

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Early diagnosis of COPD

The early diagnosis of COPD has a significant potential to benefit patients and reduce costs to the health service Perhaps unsurprisingly the best place to start a discussion on the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is with the definition of COPD from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive…

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Asthma Society launches new Action Plan

The Asthma Society of Ireland recently launched their newly updated asthma E-Learning programme and new ‘Asthma Action Plan’. The E-Learning programme, ‘Care of Adults and Children with Asthma E-Learning Education Programme’ will help healthcare professionals increase their knowledge in asthma care, while the Asthma Action Plan will allow patients and healthcare professionals to work together…

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GINA 2019: A paradigm shift

Dr Dermot Nolan provides an overview of the latest asthma treatment and management options,  focusing on the new 2019 GINA guidelines sthma remains a significant disease in Ireland with over 450,000 patients, and the fourth highest rate of asthma prevalence in the world. Despite advances in both understanding and in new medications, it continues to…

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Global warming and hay fever in Ireland

Dr Ranbir Kaulsay gives a comprehensive update on the management of allergic rhinitis This article’s headline certainly sounds like a medical apocalypse indeed. But it is an undeniable fact that climate change and global warming are a reality. The impact of such a change is wide and far-reaching and has even had an impact on…

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