Nice | Tuberculosis (TB)

This is an updated guideline from NICE on managing tuberculosis. I guess the relevance will be largely related to where you work. There isn't any really big change here, but there are lots of things t...

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Wheeze in preschool children

A very common condition, affecting 25% of infants before the age of 18 months, and one which we will see a lot of over the forthcoming months. This helpful BMJ Review summarises the evidence on the ma...

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BTS/Sign | Asthma

This is an updated guideline from SIGN and the British Thoracic Society. There really isn't anything substantial that has changed for us in this guideline. The full guideline (page 47) has a useful se...

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Nice | Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

This guideline is mainly useful to us in terms of when to consider Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis , but there was some information in here that I was not aware of that is important. When to consider Id...

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Omalizumab in severe allergic asthma

This guideline advises that Omalizumab can be used in the treatment of asthma. It is a monoclonal antibody that binds to IgE and is given every 2 to 4 weeks subcut. We may start seeing patients treate...

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Whooping Cough – HPA Guidance

Bordetella Pertussis from Sanofi Pasteur (flikr website) This is a summary of guidance from the HPA on how to manage Whooping Cough. A member forwarded this on to me and requested I pass on the inform...

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Air travel with a respiratory disorder

This is a long guideline. It is mainly going to be useful if a patient asks specifically about air travel, but it may be something that should be raised with some patients at their annual reviews. It ...

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Nice | Tuberculosis

This is quite a complex, meaty guideline, with lots of flow-charts. Remember to consider if a newly registering patient should be screened and remember BCG in neonates at risk, but otherwise I would s...

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