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Don't Panic Over 'Dry Drowning' Reports, ER Docs Say

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Despite media hype this week around what's being called "dry drowning," a group representing U.S. emergency physicians says the water is still safe for kids this summer. Reports of so-called dry drowning have made headlines, and just this week the family of 4-year-old Elianna Grace of Sarasota, Fla., sounded the alarm that she had almost died from the condition. ...

FDA Approves Avycaz (ceftazidime and avibactam) for the Treatment of Patients with Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

DUBLIN, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Allergan's supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the approved use of Avycaz (ceftazidime and avibactam) to include the treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated ...

Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by about 60 percent. "The risk was increased even more for long-acting formulations, ...

Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

-- Pneumonia is a lung infection that most often spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching. Most people recover in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly, especially among people with weaker immune systems. The American Lung Association explains how pneumonia may be diagnosed: Physical exam: Your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If you have pneumonia, your lungs ...

Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates. From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back ...

Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years. Those who had an upper respiratory infection – such as a cold, sinusitis, laryngitis and ...

Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Been looking for a reason to turn down your child's pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia. The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae (C. caviae), normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. But three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs resulted in their infection ...

Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Adults who've been hospitalized with pneumonia or sepsis have a higher risk of heart disease, a new European study reports. Researchers examined data from nearly 237,000 Swedish men. They were followed from age 18 into middle age. The study found that those admitted to the hospital with pneumonia or sepsis (a bacterial infection of the blood) had a six times higher risk ...

Methylprednisolone for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – A drug used for some cases of kidney disease can raise the risk of serious infections, researchers say. A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug – a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone – suffered a concerning number of serious side effects. Most often, that meant severe infections, including pneumonia and meningitis. ...

Reducing Repeat Hospitalizations Doesn't Harm Patients: Study

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Under Obamacare, efforts were made to cut the number of times patients needed to head back to the hospital after discharge. But would a reduction in these "readmissions" leave patients more vulnerable at home, raising death rates? A new study suggests that didn't happen. Reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia didn't increase ...

Many Parts of the World Lack Soap for Hand-Washing

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – For many families in poor countries, soap is a luxury that they do without, a new study finds. Hand-washing with soap can help prevent the spread of diseases, especially pneumonia and diarrhea. These ills caused about 1.6 million child deaths worldwide in 2013, the researchers said. "Hand-washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in ...

First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

Posted 22 May 2017 by

SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 – The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds. In these cases, more or different antibiotics were needed, or the patient's condition worsened to require ER admission or hospitalization within a month of the antibiotics being taken, the research team said. The ...

Houston, You Have a 'Superbug'

Posted 16 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – A type of bacteria that's resistant to many widely used antibiotics is unusually common among people in Houston, new research reveals. The superbug, known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, is particularly prevalent in this city of 6 million people, according to scientists. "Finding the otherwise uncommon strain in our city was a very surprising discovery," said the study's senior ...

Xanax, Valium May Boost Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Alzheimer's patients given sedatives such as Valium or Xanax may have an increased risk for pneumonia, a new study warns. People with Alzheimer's disease are often given these drugs, called benzodiazepines, over the long term, the researchers said. Examples of benzodiazepines include alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan). ...

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from Queen Mary University in London found that supplementation was linked to a 12 percent ...

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