Respiratory disease is the main reason why patients visit primary care practices. This brief summary highlights the latest in research and patient care.

COPD challenges, asthma in children, smoking deaths—highlights of recent research findings in these key areas of respiratory disease.

There is emergent need to improve recognition and management of COPD in HIV-infected patients. Details here.

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A new study shows that the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases with obesity. Yet, the risk was increased in underweight persons as well.

While high-dose opioids may be deadly, lower doses may be safe for symptom reduction in severe respiratory disease. For those with milder COPD, a new treatment is in testing.

High doses of N-acetylcysteine improve small airway function in patients with COPD. The unresolved question is why.


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