Respiratory Infections

Oral corticosteroids not effective for lower respiratory tract infection

Oral corticosteroids not effective for lower respiratory tract infection

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No significant effects were found from oral corticosteroid use for acute lower respiratory tract infection in adults without asthma.

Early use of noninvasive techniques for clearing respiratory secretions in COPD

Early use of noninvasive techniques for clearing respiratory secretions in COPD

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A novel technique involving NPPV reduced the risks of nosocomial infection, requirement for intubation, and hospital mortality in patients with COPD.

Ultrasound vs radiology for diagnosing pneumonia

Ultrasound vs radiology for diagnosing pneumonia

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Point of care lung ultrasound is an accurate tool for the diagnosis of pneumonia, according to researchers.

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of acute respiratory tract infection

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of acute respiratory tract infection

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Patients receiving vitamin D for deficiency without bolus doses experienced the most benefit.

Proton pump inhibitor use may decrease healthcare visits in GERD patients

Proton pump inhibitor use may decrease healthcare visits in GERD patients

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Among GERD patients, the mean annual ARI episode dropped from 4.39 during the year before PPI treatment to 3.89 after treatment with a PPI.

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.

CDC, ACP issue guidelines for appropriate antibiotic use for acute respiratory tract infection in adults

CDC, ACP issue guidelines for appropriate antibiotic use for acute respiratory tract infection in adults

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Reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing will improve the quality of patient care, decrease healthcare costs, and preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Early antibiotic treatment may be beneficial for children with respiratory infections and wheezing

Early antibiotic treatment may be beneficial for children with respiratory infections and wheezing

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Early administration of an antibiotic may be more effective than traditional oral corticosteroids in preventing severe lower respiratory infections in children.

Soothing coughs and sore throats with marshmallow

Soothing coughs and sore throats with marshmallow

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The leaves and roots of the marshmallow plant can be used as an antitussive and for sore throat relief.

Inadequate sleep increases risk for common cold

Inadequate sleep increases risk for common cold

People who get six hours of sleep have a 4.2 times risk of catching a cold compared with people who get seven hours of sleep a night.

<i>F. necrophorum </i>may be responsible for 1 in 5 sore throats

F. necrophorum may be responsible for 1 in 5 sore throats

F. Necrophorum bacteria was found in 20.5% of patients with sore throat symptoms and about 9% in those without sore throats.

E-cigs may increase susceptibility to common cold, infections

E-cigs may increase susceptibility to common cold, infections

Goal was to measure devices' impact on children, researchers say

Antimicrobials commonly prescribed for acute respiratory tract infections

Antimicrobials commonly prescribed for acute respiratory tract infections

Antimicrobial agents were prescribed in 56.9% of acute respiratory tract infections encounters, representing an estimated 11.4 million potentially preventable antimicrobial prescriptions.

Enterovirus D68 spreads in midwest United States

Enterovirus D68 spreads in midwest United States

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Clinicians should be aware that although the EV-D68 strain may present and behave similar to other enteroviruses, its clinical manifestations are unique.

Better cutoffs given for respiratory symptoms

Better cutoffs given for respiratory symptoms

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Typically used estimates of symptoms duration for common respiratory tract infections are not always evidence-based.

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