Pneumonia

IV catheters vs oral antibiotic treatment for pediatric pneumonia

IV catheters vs oral antibiotic treatment for pediatric pneumonia

Children with complicated pneumonia should preferentially receive oral antibiotics at discharge when effective oral options are available

Blood eosinophil counts linked to adverse pneumonia events in COPD patients

Blood eosinophil counts linked to adverse pneumonia events in COPD patients

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Patients with a blood eosinophil count below 2% had a poor response to treatment with inhaled corticosteroids.

A clinician and patient mistake

A clinician and patient mistake

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It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?

Reduced antibiotic prescribing may lead to increase in pneumonia, peritonsillar abscess cases

Reduced antibiotic prescribing may lead to increase in pneumonia, peritonsillar abscess cases

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General practices that prescribe fewer antibiotics may encounter slightly higher incidences of pneumonia and peritonsillar abscess.

COPD exacerbations linked to quality of life, history of pneumonia

COPD exacerbations linked to quality of life, history of pneumonia

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Patients with mild-to-moderate airflow limitations should be screened for COPD exacerbations.

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Patients with COP generally have positive outcomes following a definitive diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment.

Influenza vaccine can prevent pneumonia hospitalizations

Influenza vaccine can prevent pneumonia hospitalizations

The influenza vaccine may be able to prevent approximately 57% of hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia.

Adjunctive corticosteroids may improve outcomes in community-acquired pneumonia


Adjunctive corticosteroids may improve outcomes in community-acquired pneumonia


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Adults hospitalized with pneumonia benefit from the addition of corticosteroids to antibiotic treatment.

Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor use not tied to pneumonia hospitalizations

Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor use not tied to pneumonia hospitalizations

Of the 49,653 patients included in the cohort, 562 were hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia during follow-up.

Viral pneumonia rates rise among kids

Viral pneumonia rates rise among kids

Nearly three-quarters of the children studied had viral infections -- either alone or in combination with a bacterial infection.

Corticosteroids benefit community-acquired pneumonia

Corticosteroids benefit community-acquired pneumonia

Patients with severe, community-acquired pneumonia and high inflammatory response benefit from corticosteroids.

Newer pneumonia vaccine better for children

Newer pneumonia vaccine better for children

Patients in Tennessee aged less than two years experienced about 1,300 fewer pneumonia hospitalizations annually in 2011 and 2012.

Overnight denture wear tied to pneumonia

Overnight denture wear tied to pneumonia

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Perceived swallowing difficulties and overnight denture-wearing were independently associated with an approximately 2.3-fold higher risk of pneumonia.

Preterm birth, pneumonia leading causes of child mortality

Preterm birth, pneumonia leading causes of child mortality

More than 50% of children aged less than five years died of complications resulting from infectious diseases.

Azithromycin pros beat cons in pneumonia

Azithromycin pros beat cons in pneumonia

Although azithromycin is usually first-line treatment, recent evidence has linked the drug with an increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Hyperglycemia predicts death in pneumonia

Hyperglycemia predicts death in pneumonia

Risk of death at 90 days up for pneumonia patients without preexisting diabetes who present with hyperglycemia.

Newer pneumonia vaccine could be more cost effective

Newer pneumonia vaccine could be more cost effective

Thirteen-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine might prevent more adult pneumonia than the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, at a better price.

Pneumonia vaccine approved for older adults

Pneumonia vaccine approved for older adults

Prevnar 13 sanctioned for adults aged 50 years an older.

Opioids increased pneumonia risk in the elderly

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Patients on long-acting opioids, such as sustained-release morphine, were more than three times more likely to contract pneumonia than those not taking these painkillers.

Corticosteroid benefit uncertain in hospitalized pneumonia patients

A review of recent clinical trials reveals the benefits of corticosteroids in adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia remain uncertain.

Co-vaccination OK after all

Co-vaccination OK after all

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Administering the herpes zoster and pneumococcal vaccines to patients during the same visit does not appear to compromise the effectiveness of the zoster vaccine.

Heartburn meds and pneumonia linked

Heartburn meds and pneumonia linked

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Clinicians should use caution in prescribing acid-suppressive drugs for patients at risk for pneumonia.

Pneumonia leads to organ failure

Pneumonia leads to organ failure

Should the clinicians be held responsible for failing to offer revaccination to a high-risk patient?

Nuts, fibrates help heart; pneumonia shots don't

Nuts, fibrates help heart; pneumonia shots don't

An average daily intake of various nuts of 2.4 oz lowered total cholesterol and LDL levels.

Order of vaccination affects pain in infants

Order of vaccination affects pain in infants

Sequence matters when you administer multiple vaccinations to infants

ED doctor ignores NP's suggestions

ED doctor ignores NP's suggestions

Nevertheless, she's sued for malpractice, along with the physician and the hospital, when the patient dies.

Pneumovax may not be effective

Pneumovax may not be effective

But Prevnar may decrease meningitis and pneumonia hospitalizations.

Antibiotic benefits COPD patients

Antibiotic benefits COPD patients

Macrolide therapy apparently reduces both the frequency and severity of exacerbations in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD).

Treatment options for respiratory infections

Treatment options for respiratory infections

Guidelines advise against the routine use of antibiotics, but patients demand them. Find out what alternatives are available and when to use them.

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