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Month: January 2020


Primary spontaneous pneumothorax research preview

Landmark study shows a ‘hands-off’ approach is best when treating a collapsed lung

January 30, 2020

A novel New Zealand and Australian research collaboration has shown that a fresh ‘hands-off’ approach to treating a common lung condition not only lessens pain, but significantly reduces injury, infection and time spent in hospital.  “This definitive study shows that sometimes, medical intervention is not always in a patient’s best...

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Adding an inhaler to Emergency Department care could reduce asthma admissions by 27%

January 27, 2020

Around 1 in 6 New Zealanders (around 830,000) have asthma, a bit above the world average which is 10-15% of adults. Asthma attacks are a common and important reason for patients with asthma to attend the emergency department (ED). Many of these people need to be admitted into hospital for...

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Taking a combination inhaler ‘as-needed’ could control asthma at one fifth the dose of regular therapy

January 19, 2020

Symptoms of asthma are caused by inflammation of the airways. This can be treated with a combination inhaler which contains medicine to reduce inflammation and open up the airways. It can be prescribed in two ways: A person takes the medication regularly, whether or not they have symptoms. A person...

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Asthma mortality over time

25 years of progress in asthma care

January 13, 2020

Our Director Professor Beasley has written a commentary on advances in asthma care to celebrate 25 years of the Respirology Journal. It’s a fascinating read to see how far we have come, and where we might be going next. You can read the open access article here: http://bit.ly/2TeYi10 Figure reproduced...

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