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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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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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Cough, cough… who’s there?

Dr Nick Flynn provides a clinical overview of the various presentations of cough in the clinic November is a tough month in general practice. The summer is a distant memory, the annual flu vaccination campaign is in full flight and circulating cold and flu viruses are testing capacity in daytime and out-of-hours services. November does,…

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Documenting the respiratory health of the nation

Priscilla Lynch highlights the key findings of the Irish Thoracic Society’s recently-published Respiratory Health of the Nation 2018 report The Irish Thoracic Society recently called for the establishment of a national respiratory taskforce to address the rising tide of respiratory disease in Ireland. The call came at the launch of the Society’s major new report…

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