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Self-management: At the core of asthma care

Supported asthma self-management — which includes patient education, an action plan and regular review — seems to reduce the need for hospital services and unscheduled consultations, according to a new meta-review. In addition, supported self-management probably improves asthma control and quality of life

Is asthma care the best it can be?

Steve Holmes and Jane Scullion invite you to reflect on the asthma care your practice offers 18 months after the National Review of Asthma Deaths

Personality and asthma

'Nurses should be aware of the high prevalence of type D personality and the effects on symptom control and quality of life in asthma patients,' a Korean paper has concluded.

Breastfeeding and asthma

Breastfeeding protects against asthma and wheezing, according to a meta-analysis of 117 studies published between 1983 and 2012.The authors, from Ipswich, grouped outcomes into 'asthma ever' - in other words, at any time - 'recent asthma' or 'recent wheezing illness' (recent asthma or recent wheeze).

Optimising inhaler technique

Beverley Bostock-Cox explains how correct inhaler technique is important to outcomes for patients taking inhaled therapies.

ADHD linked to allergies

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to develop atopic diseases and skin infections like impetigo, new research suggests.

Allergic rhinitis and asthma

A number of treatment options are available for co-existing asthma and allergic rhinitis, explain Steve Holmes and Jane Scullion

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