Respiratory

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

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Almost one-quarter of patients admitted to the STICU short term are there for <4 hours of ventilator management.

An unusual cause 
of respiratory distress in an infant

An unusual cause 
of respiratory distress in an infant

A congenital condition is found in an infant with respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Asthma prevalence higher in obese adults

Asthma prevalence higher in obese adults

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A National Center for Health Statistics study found significantly higher rates of asthma prevalence among obese women compared with men.

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Of those who quit abruptly, 49% and 22% were still non-smokers at 4 weeks and 6 months, respectively.

ACIP recommends minor changes in flu vaccination practices

ACIP recommends minor changes in flu vaccination practices

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An ACIP panel recommended adding live-attenuated influenza vaccination as an option for individuals with egg allergy of any severity.

Assessing dyspnea severity can improve cardiopulmonary care

Assessing dyspnea severity can improve cardiopulmonary care

The majority of hospitalists agree that routine dyspnea severity assessment would improve patient care.

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

Xylitol: Low-cost treatment for dental caries, upper respiratory infections

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Xylitol is a primary sugar alcohol that can be used to help various dental problems as well as upper respiratory and ear infections.

Tonsillectomy may improve psoriasis symptoms in select patients

Tonsillectomy may improve psoriasis symptoms in select patients

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The causative link between chronic tonsillitis and psoriasis have been mostly speculative based on translational association studies.

Poverty linked to increased respiratory-related hospitalizations

Poverty linked to increased respiratory-related hospitalizations

Low income patients had nearly three times the odds of hospitalization compared with high income patients.

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.

Reducing 6 preventable risk factors may lower mortality rates

Reducing 6 preventable risk factors may lower mortality rates

Reducing tobacco use, alcohol consumption, obesity, high glucose levels, hypertension and salt intake could prevent 37 million deaths worldwide.

SLIP-2 tops original model for identifying ARDS risk

SLIP-2 tops original model for identifying ARDS risk

Compared with the original surgical lung injury prediction model, SLIP-2 may be a better tool for uncovering high-risk patients.

Blow away your pediatric patients


Blow away your pediatric patients


Tips for when you perform the respiratory portion of a pediatric examination.

MERS coronavirus yet to show pandemic potential

MERS coronavirus yet to show pandemic potential

Researchers still urge for further investigation into the virus, despite the positive results.

Be aware of health problems near fracking sites

Be aware of health problems near fracking sites

Chemical contamination, community disruption and negative psychological effects among health problems associated with hydraulic fracturing.

How often should asthma be assessed?

How often should asthma be assessed?

At what point is it safe to consider stopping a steroid metered-dose inhaler?

Salt therapy beneficial for respiratory conditions, psoriasis

Salt therapy beneficial for respiratory conditions, psoriasis

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Warm saltwater gargles for sore throats and salt poultices for soft-tissue infections are two of many commonly used salt therapies.

Intermittent budesonide as effective as daily Tx for asthma

Intermittent budesonide as effective as daily Tx for asthma

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Budesonide given only during acute respiratory illness may prevent asthma as effectively as daily budesonide in young children with a history of wheezing.

Amoxicillin of little benefit in lower-respiratory infection

Amoxicillin of little benefit in lower-respiratory infection

Duration of symptoms, symptom severity not improved among adults taking amoxicillin for lower-respiratory-tract infections.

Bacterial contamination prompts Zicam nasal decongestant recall

Bacterial contamination prompts Zicam nasal decongestant recall

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At least one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel has tested positive for Burkholderia cepacia.

Sleep apnea is not the only illness that may cause disordered breathing

Sleep apnea is not the only illness that may cause disordered breathing

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Early recognition and treatment of sleep arousals could prevent the development of OSA.

FDA approves Tudorza Pressair for long-term COPD maintenance

FDA approves Tudorza Pressair for long-term COPD maintenance

Tudorza Pressair is now approved for the long-term maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

2012 U.S. pertussis rates expected to reach record level

2012 U.S. pertussis rates expected to reach record level

During the first six months of 2012, Washington state reported 2,520 pertussis cases -- a 1,300% increase from the first six months of 2011, the CDC reports.

Disease burden highest in infants during pertussis epidemic

Disease burden highest in infants during pertussis epidemic

Most hospitalizations and all deaths in the 2010 California pertussis outbreak occurred in infants aged younger than 3 months.

Dogs at home mean fewer breathing problems for kids

Dogs at home mean fewer breathing problems for kids

Frequent contact with dogs during the first year of life may protect children from respiratory illness.

Asthma treatment response reduced in obese patients

Asthma treatment response reduced in obese patients

Higher levels of neutrophilic inflammation may explain why obese patients with asthma respond less to corticosteroid treatment.

Fatigue linked to COPD severity, hospitalization risk

Fatigue linked to COPD severity, hospitalization risk

Researchers have found a ten-fold increased risk of hospitalization among COPD patients with the most intense vs. the least intense fatigue.

Noninvasive ventilation reduces mortality, intubation in respiratory failure

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A recent randomized trial evaluated the effects of noninvasive ventilation on mortality and need for intubation in elderly patients with hypercapnic respiratory failure.

Acupuncture improved dyspnea on exertion in COPD

Acupuncture improved dyspnea on exertion in COPD

After 12 weeks of acupuncture patients with COPD had better Borg scale score and improved walk distance on the six-minute walk test compared to those assigned to placebo.

Benefit of inhaled corticosteroids for sinusitis small

Benefit of inhaled corticosteroids for sinusitis small

Review shows benefits of inhaled corticosteroids may be greater at higher doses and longer duration, but lower cost over-the-counter remedies may be a better option.

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