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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

Management of exacerbations

Asthma exacerbations may be moderate, severe or life threatening, says Beverley Bostock-Cox but careful and swift assessments will help clinicians

Quit smoking support

Helping patients to quit smoking involves communicating in a sensitive and client-centred manner, writes Deborah Duncan

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