Mild COPD: initial steps. Common questions asked by primary care practitioners
KERRY HANCOCK, PETER FRITH, CHRISTINE MCDONALD
Detecting COPD early, while it is mild, allows early treatment and improved patient outcomes. Answers are provided to questions often asked about the management of mild COPD.
Advanced COPD: symptom management and advance care planning
KAREN M. DETERING, DAVID C. CURROW
An evidence-based approach to discussing advance care planning and managing chronic breathlessness improves quality of life for people with advanced COPD.
Continuous airways: allergic and nonallergic associations between the nose and lungs
DANIELE ALLALI, JO DOUGLASS
The upper and lower airways are not only continuous but also have a therapeutic association, such that treating rhinitis can affect asthma outcomes.
What’s new in asthma treatment?
JOHN W. UPHAM, LAUREN M. GALT
Studies suggest the potential to individualise therapy by asthma subtype. Other advances include new inhaled therapies and highly targeted biologic therapies such as omalizumab and mepolizumab.
Travelling with chronic lung disease
MATTHEW PETERS, LUTZ BECKERT
Patients with chronic lung disease are recommended to plan ahead and to consider general, altitude-related and disease-specific issues.
Lung cancer screening update: where are we now?
TRACY L. LEONG, DANIEL P. STEINFORT, KWUN M. FONG
Screening high-risk individuals offers new hope for reducing deaths from this disease.
Sleep apnoea and elective surgery: what are the risks?
JOHN R. WHEATLEY
Untreated moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea increases the risk of serious perioperative cardiorespiratory complications.
HOW TO DISCUSS
Electronic cigarettes: a guide for discussions with patients
COLIN P. MENDELSOHN
What can GPs tell patients about electronic cigarettes? How can patients wishing to use them to quit tobacco smoking be supported?