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December 04, 2019

Since its publication in March 2019, the ERS Monograph on The Lung Microbiome has been very well received. The book, Guest Edited by Michael J. Cox, Markus J. Ege and Erika von Mutius, was reviewed in the New Zealand Microbiological Society Newsletter, who said it was: "a thorough and accessible overview of research in this burgeoning field". Microbiology Today said it: "reveals a complete understanding about the lung microbiome [...] it explores not only pure microbiology, but also brings a practical, clinical and environmental point of view". Order your copy of The Lung Microbiome at

December 02, 2019

COPD death rates fell in most countries between 1995 and 2017, but the total number increased in many counties over the same period, according to a new international analysis of World Health Organization data. The analysis was published in the European Respiratory Journal to coincide with World COPD Day. It includes data from counties not previously assessed for COPD mortality rates. Access the article here or visit to browse the latest issue.

November 30, 2019

Women with asthma who suffer severe symptoms while pregnant face higher risks of health problems both for themselves and their babies compared to women with well-controlled asthma, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal.  The study includes data on >100,000 pregnancies, and shows that women who experienced severe symptoms were more likely to suffer with pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia. Access the study here or visit to browse the latest issue.

About the ERS books

The ERS Monograph is the quarterly book series from the European Respiratory Society. Each Monograph covers a specific area of respiratory medicine, providing in-depth reviews that give clinicians at all levels a concise, comprehensive guide to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. 

The ERS Handbooks are compact guides to broad areas of the respiratory field. Launched in 2010, the series now covers adult, paediatric and sleep respiratory medicine, and a companion volume of self-assessment questions is available.

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