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The new title for Primary Care Respiratory Journal following an agreement with Nature Publishing Group to re-launch the journal as part of the Nature Partner Journals series.

Overweight in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease needs more attention: a cross-sectional study in general practice

Overweight in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease needs more attention: a cross-sectional study in general practice, Published online: 22 November 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0065-3

Doctors should pay more attention to weight management in patients with mild chronic lung disease, say researchers in the Netherlands. While guidelines for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) focus primarily on preventing weight-loss in severe COPD, around 65 per cent of patients with mild COPD are overweight or obese. Excessive weight exacerbates symptoms and triggers co-morbidities, and so can impact heavily on COPD healthcare provision. Lisa Verberne and co-workers at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research analyzed data from 315 Dutch general practices in 2014, identifying 3404 patients were classified as overweight or obese and 1534 as normal weight. So in total 4938 patients were identified. The team compared this cohort with COPD patients of normal weight, and found they were at higher risk of diabetes, osteoarthritis and hypertension. Obese patients were also at risk of heart failure and were prescribed more medication for COPD.

Modelling the effect of beliefs about asthma medication and treatment intrusiveness on adherence and preference for once-daily vs. twice-daily medication

Modelling the effect of beliefs about asthma medication and treatment intrusiveness on adherence and preference for once-daily vs. twice-daily medication, Published online: 14 November 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0061-7

Spirometry is not enough to diagnose COPD in epidemiological studies: a follow-up study

Spirometry is not enough to diagnose COPD in epidemiological studies: a follow-up study, Published online: 14 November 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0062-6

Comprehensive assessment of the safety of olodaterol 5 µg in the Respimat® device for maintenance treatment of COPD: comparison with the long-acting β2-agonist formoterol

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Published online: 23 October 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0059-1

Levels of exhaled carbon monoxide measured during an intervention program predict 1-year smoking cessation: a retrospective observational cohort study

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Published online: 16 October 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0060-8

The recording and characteristics of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD using The Health Information Network (THIN) primary care database

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Published online: 11 October 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0058-2

Barriers and facilitators of effective self-management in asthma: systematic review and thematic synthesis of patient and healthcare professional views

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Published online: 9 October 2017; doi:10.1038/s41533-017-0056-4