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Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study, which tracked more than 600 children from 2006 to 2016, also found a shift in the bacteria now triggering greater numbers of ear infections. The ...

Clinton: 'I Didn't Think It Was Going to Be That Big a Deal'

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – "I didn't think it was going to be that big a deal." That was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's explanation for not revealing earlier that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. On Sunday, Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service at ground zero in New York City after she became overheated and dehydrated, her personal physician, Dr. Lisa ...

Lung Ultrasound May Be Best to Spot Pneumonia in Kids: Study

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Lung ultrasounds may offer a safer, yet equally effective, alternative to chest X-rays for diagnosing pneumonia in children, researchers report. "Ultrasound is portable, cost-saving and safer for children than an X-ray because it does not expose them to radiation," explained study leader Dr. James Tsung. He is an associate professor in the departments of emergency ...

Smokers With Pneumonia at Risk for Lung Cancer: Study

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Smokers diagnosed with pneumonia may be at greater risk for developing lung cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 9 percent of smokers admitted to the hospital for pneumonia developed lung cancer within one year, so they recommend early screening for the disease among heavy smokers treated for pneumonia. "Lung cancer is truly aggressive. The only chance ...

Health Tip: Who Gets Pneumonia?

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Anyone can get pneumonia, but your age and general health are risk factors for the dangerous infection. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says other risk factors include: Being a child under age 2. The immune systems of young children are still developing. Being an adult over age 65. Having asthma, bronchitis or COPD. Having cystic fibrosis. Having a weakened immune system. Having ...

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

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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. ...

That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

Posted 21 May 2015 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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