The overlap between asthma and COPD: a case study Many patients have contemporaneous features of asthma and COPD, and it is estimated that a significant proportion of these patients have asthma-COPD overlap, write Emma Ray and Carol Kelly Cost-effective inhaler device prescribing for COPD Stephen Gundry explains how nurses can choose the best device for their patients Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’s impact on mental health Beverley Bostock-Cox explains why nurses need to consider the mental effects of the condition Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care Stephen Gundry explains how nurses can ensure that patients with this life-long condition are well managed Using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques in COPD Symptoms of COPD can be managed with cognitive behavioural therapy, says Karen Heslop-Marshall The primary care nurse’s guide to winter respiratory disease Stephen Gundry on the seasonal illnesses you can expect to see in your practice right now Malnutrition: The forgotten factor in COPD management? Gail Rimington details the nurse’s role in promoting good nutrition amongst respiratory patients Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and management Hetal Dhruve details what primary care nurses need to know to effectively manage this condition 2 comments What is Rightbreathe and how might patients benefit from it? Darush Attar-Zadeh explains how the app can help clinicians select the correct inhaler for their patients Integrating nutrition into pathways for patients with COPD Community nurses are perfectly placed to spot malnutrition in patients with COPD, writes Matthew Hodson Encouraging patients with COPD to stop smoking Smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke is a risk factor for COPD exacerbation explains Darush Attar-Zadeh Short burst oxygen therapy in COPD: a practice nurse's guide Michael Scott provides the evidence around short burst oxygen therapy, so that practice nurses can advise their patients appropriately New ways of treating COPD: patient focused prescribing A guide to selecting the right device for the appropriate patient. By Beverley Bostock-Cox 1 comment Prescribing inhaled bronchodilators and inhaler devices Inhaled bronchodilators act on the airways, including the trachea, the bronchi and bronchioles. Improving COPD interventions Two case studies show treatment options to help heavy smokers with COPD, writes Darush Attar-Zadeh. Pollution: The lungs and beyond Pollution is one of the most detrimental factors to public health, writes Mark Greener Suspect, screen and sort: diagnosing COPD early Early diagnosis is vital in helping a patient recover, write Jane Scullion and Steve Holmes COPD increases sudden cardiac death risk Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with approximately 30% increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a Dutch study that enrolled 13,471 people aged at least 45 years. The latest treatments for COPD It is vital to understand the wide variety of COPD therapies available in order to help patients find the one which will help them to best manage their condition, explains Darush Attar-Zadeh. 1 comment COPD: Discussing end-of-life care The case of a patient with a terminal prognosis offers useful learnings on broaching end-of-life care. Mr R was a 70-year-old man with pulmonary fibrosis and COPD. He was an ex-smoker with a history of ischaemic heart disease. GORD exacerbates COPD; antacids protect Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) almost triples the risk of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among patients not regularly taking acid suppressants, such as proton pump inhibitors. COPD increases Parkinson's risk Suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) seems to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study from Taiwan. Managing COPD exacerbations Recognition of symptoms by patients and nurses is vital for a positive outcome. Beverley Bostock-Cox explains. 1 comment Stroke, diabetic teens, COPD In-depth analysis of the latest research. Compiled by Mark Greener. Optimising inhaler technique Beverley Bostock-Cox explains how correct inhaler technique is important to outcomes for patients taking inhaled therapies.