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Health Tip: What's Behind That Cough?

Posted 7 days ago by

-- A cough is the body's reaction to an irritant in the airways. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions possible cough triggers: Allergens, such as dust, dander, pollen or mold. Irritants, such as cigarette smoke or substances with a strong fragrance, such as air fresheners or perfumes. A medical condition, such as the common cold, pneumonia or the flu. A long-term medical condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), lung cancer, heart failure or asthma. A side effect of medication, including beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. Read more

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Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

Posted 15 days ago by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Admitting older, low-risk patients with pneumonia to the intensive-care unit – compared with admission to regular wards – is linked with higher survival rates but not higher medical expenses, new research suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Thomas Valley of the University of Michigan analyzed the link between intensive care admissions and outcomes among older people hospitalized for pneumonia as well as 30-day death rates and overall medical costs. The study included more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries older than age 64 who were admitted to nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals for pneumonia from 2010 to 2012. Of those, 30 percent were admitted to the ICU. Meanwhile, 36 percent of those living within roughly 3 miles of the hospital were admitted to the ICU compared to 23 percent of those who lived farther away. Of the 13 percent of patients whose admission ... Read more

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Experimental Drug for Blood Cancer Shows Promise

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – An experimental immune-boosting drug shows promise in fighting the blood cancer multiple myeloma, researchers report. Preliminary testing of the drug daratumumab included 72 multiple myeloma patients who had previously received other types of treatment. Their disease had relapsed and no longer responded to treatment. The patients received lower or higher doses of the drug for up to two years. Of the 42 patients who received a higher dose, 36 percent had at least partial remission, including two with complete remission, researchers report. In this group, the disease was held in check for a median of 5.6 months. The researchers also found that two-thirds of patients who benefited from the drug had no advance of their cancer for at least 12 months. Results of the combined phase 1 and 2 study strongly support testing the drug in a larger group of patients, the ... Read more

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Steroids May Help Speed Pneumonia Recovery, Study Finds

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – Steroid treatment may hasten pneumonia patients' recovery and cut their risk of complications, a new review suggests. The findings "should lead to an important change in treatment for pneumonia," lead author Dr. Reed Siemieniuk, a physician and graduate student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, said in a university news release. "Corticosteroids are inexpensive and readily available around the world. Millions of patients will benefit from this new evidence," he said. But one expert said a bit more research may be needed first. "With such modest – though measurable – effects of treatment, a large multi-center randomized clinical trial," would still be necessary to confirm the new findings and "perhaps justify a change in the standard of care," said Dr. Bruce Polsky. He is chair of the department of medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, ... Read more

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Viruses, Not Bacteria, Reponsible for Many Pneumonia Cases: Study

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Viruses cause more pneumonia-related hospitalizations among American adults than bacteria, although the cause of the lung infection is undetected in most cases, a new federal study says. The findings show the need for improved diagnostic tests, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study. "Pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among adults in the United States and in 2011 the medical costs exceeded $10 billion," he said in a CDC news release. "Most of the time doctors are unable to pinpoint a specific cause of pneumonia. We urgently need more sensitive, rapid tests to identify causes of pneumonia and to promote better treatment," Frieden said. CDC researchers looked at more than 2,300 adults, whose median age was 57. All were treated for pneumonia at three ... Read more

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That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

Posted 21 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – If you have a cold that lasts a long time or a persistent cough, you could have bronchitis and should see a doctor, a doctor says. "We see a lot of cases of bronchitis at our immediate care centers," said Dr. Khalilah Babino, an assistant professor of family Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Although most cases are caused by the common cold virus or influenza virus, bronchitis can lead to more serious conditions, such as pneumonia, which require medical treatment, she added. Symptoms of bronchitis – a serious disorder of the lower respiratory tract – include fever, chills, chest congestion and productive cough that lasts more than five days, Babino said. "The cough can last two to three weeks and could be an indicator of a more serious condition. If symptoms persist for more than seven to 10 days or symptoms start to get worse, ... Read more

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Improper Antibiotic Use Often Due to Misdiagnosis: Study

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Misdiagnosis often leads to improper antibiotic use in hospitals, new research finds. Incorrect antibiotic use can cause patient harm, reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics and increase health care costs, the researchers noted. "Antibiotic therapies are used for approximately 56 percent of inpatients in U.S. hospitals, but are found to be inappropriate in nearly half of these cases, and many of these failures are connected with inaccurate diagnoses," study author Dr. Greg Filice said in a news release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Filice, an internist with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and his colleagues analyzed 500 inpatient cases at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. They found that inappropriate use of antibiotics occurred with 95 percent of patients who received an incorrect or indeterminate diagnosis, ... Read more

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Simpler Antibiotic Regimen Helps Sick Babies in Developing Nations

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – Newborns and young infants in developing nations who have suspected severe bacterial infections can be effectively treated outside a hospital, two new studies suggest. The findings indicate that the World Health Organization's guidelines on treating newborns and young infants with possible bacterial infections – such as pneumonia and sepsis (blood infection) – should be altered, the researchers said. About one in five babies worldwide develops severe bacterial infections during the first month of life, leading to about 700,000 deaths in newborns every year, the researchers explained. Current WHO guidelines recommend that newborns and young infants believed to have such infections be hospitalized and treated with antibiotic injections for at least seven to 10 days. However, many parents in developing nations can't afford, or don't have access to, such ... Read more

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Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs. "This supports the idea that the roots of chronic illness in adult life may be the events that occur in early life," said study co-author Dr. Fernando Martinez, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Early life is a time when organs are developing very fast, and can be affected and altered by outside stimuli or negative events, which may then carry into adulthood," he said. "So here," added Martinez, "we have shown that when you have a severe episode of pneumonia in early life there are consequences, such as lower levels ... Read more

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Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

Posted 3 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 – Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests. Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.). "Our study is the first to address whether oral anticholinergic medications affect the risk of pneumonia in older people," senior author Dr. Sascha Dublin, an associate investigator at the Seattle-based Group Health Research Institute, said in an institute news release. "This is important because so many older people use these medications, and pneumonia is such a common cause of illness and death in this age group," Dublin explained. Researchers looked at more than 1,000 patients with pneumonia, aged 65 to 94, and a group of ... Read more

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Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – Young children are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with pneumonia – but unlike in years past, the cause is usually a respiratory virus, a large U.S. study finds. The researchers found that 66 percent of pneumonia cases in the more than 2,000 children in the study were caused by viruses alone. Just 8 percent had solely bacterial causes, and 7 percent were known to be caused by both bacteria and viruses. And, those infections can end up being serious, the study authors said. "Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of hospitalizations among children," said the study's lead author, Dr. Seema Jain, a researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pneumonia is a general term for an infection of the lungs, and it can be caused by a range of viruses, bacteria or even fungi. The disease is often thought of as a problem ... Read more

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Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease for years afterward, a new study finds. This elevated risk was highest in the first month after pneumonia – fourfold – but remained 1.5 times higher over subsequent years, the researchers say. "A single episode of pneumonia could have long-term consequences several months or years later," said lead researcher Dr. Sachin Yende, an associate professor of critical care medicine and clinical and translational sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. This year's flu season is particularly hard on older adults, and pneumonia is a serious complication of flu, he said. Getting a flu shot and the pneumonia vaccine "may not only prevent these infections, but may also prevent subsequent heart disease and stroke," Yende said. Pneumonia, which ... Read more

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Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows. In all, 6.3 million children under 5 died in 2013, said researchers who examined the leading causes of death. They were complications from premature birth, resulting in 965,000 deaths; pneumonia, which caused 935,000 deaths, and childbirth complications, which led to 662,000 deaths. Nearly 52 percent of children died from infectious diseases such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea, according to the study published Sept. 30 in The Lancet. "Although great progress has been made in child survival in the past two decades, with most of this progress in the past decade, it has not been enough," the study authors, led by Dr. Robert Black, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a journal news release. The highest ... Read more

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Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

Posted 19 Sep 2014 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 – Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why. The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and heart attacks in patients, scientists report. In mice, monkeys and human heart tissue, researchers found direct evidence of heart damage caused by the bacteria, and they tried a vaccine that might one day prevent such an attack. But they also discovered that an antibiotic currently used to treat pneumonia may actually make it easier for the bacteria to damage the heart. "When people are hospitalized for pneumonia, about 20 percent of them have something happen to their hearts, and those people are much more likely to die," explained lead researcher Carlos Orihuela, an associate professor in the department of microbiology and ... Read more

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Study Finds Drop in Kids' Hospital-Related Infections

Posted 8 Sep 2014 by

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – Fewer children are developing infections related to their care in the hospital than they were seven years ago, according to a new study. The rate of bloodstream infections and pneumonia associated with critically ill children's health care in intensive care units fell by more than 50 percent between 2007 and 2012, researchers found. "We're recognizing that there are things that happen at hospitals that are preventable and there are things we can do to make being in the hospital safer, including for our most vulnerable patients," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. "These are preventable complications that can be deadly or have life-long consequences, and I think this is a nice success story of providers getting together and saying the status quo is not acceptable," ... Read more

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