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Tips for avoiding pneumonia in patients with COPD

Tips for avoiding pneumonia in patients with COPD

The COPD Foundation has released tips for patients with COPD to avoid pneumonia and exacerbations.

Occupational pesticide exposure linked to fixed airflow obstruction and chronic bronchitis

Occupational pesticide exposure linked to fixed airflow obstruction and chronic bronchitis

Results show that exposure to pesticides and herbicides is associated with fixed airflow obstruction and chronic bronchitis.

Treating acute COPD exacerbations with prednisone and doxycycline

Treating acute COPD exacerbations with prednisone and doxycycline

Researchers found that doxycycline plus prednisone did not prolong the time between exacerbations in patients with COPD.

VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia linked to morbidity, mortality

VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia linked to morbidity, mortality

The hospital and ICU mortality rates of critically ill patients with VZV-CAP were 24% and 17%, respectively.

Sleep disorders may increase risk for Alzheimer's disease

Sleep disorders may increase risk for Alzheimer's disease

Obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing are associated with amyloid deposition.

Chest CT provides additional insight in COPD assessment

Chest CT provides additional insight in COPD assessment

A chest CT can provide additional information on comorbidities, including coronary artery disease and osteoporosis.

WHO updates Essential Medicines List, recommendations for antibiotics

WHO updates Essential Medicines List, recommendations for antibiotics

The update includes 30 new medicines for adults and 25 for children and groups antibiotics into 3 distinct categories.

Higher childhood intelligence linked to lower mortality risk

Higher childhood intelligence linked to lower mortality risk

Researchers sought to examine the link between intelligence scores during childhood and leading causes of death during the life course.

Social support boosts rehabilitation in adult COPD patients

Social support boosts rehabilitation in adult COPD patients

Patients are more likely to exercise and participate in pulmonary rehabilitation if they live with others and have a caregiver.

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk may decrease with LABA/LAMA in COPD

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk may decrease with LABA/LAMA in COPD

LABA/LAMA is associated with a similar or lower risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular adverse events compared to treatment with LABA/inhaled corticosteroid.

Opinion

ICD-10 codes may improve asthma care

The new ICD-10 coding system may seem inappropriate for some disease models, but asthma care may benefit from the required changes.

Help children keep asthma at bay

Begin to impart asthma information to young patients and/or their caregivers as early as possible.

Clinical Features

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

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

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

Clinicians who recognize various types of pediatric coughs will be better able to identify serious underlying conditions in the young patient.

Slideshows

Image of the Week: Cardiomegaly

Image of the Week: Cardiomegaly

What term refers to the plump and sagging appearance of a full pericardium?

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