Clinical advances in recent years are leading to a whole new approach in managing and preventing asthma.
Asthma is a breathing disorder and interventions that focus on teaching people with asthma to slow their breathing down, breathe through the nose and diaphragmatically can help prevent and relieve asthma symptoms. These techniques can be used alongside pharmacological approaches and have been clinically shown to reduce symptoms and need for medication. There is some urgency to have these programmes adopted in general practice to reduce the burden of asthma in New Zealand and worldwide.
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