USPSTF (Still) Recommends Against Screening for COPD
Once again, the USPSTF finds no net benefit to screening asymptomatic persons for COPD. Draft recommendation is available for comment.
Corticosteroids Improved Outcomes, Recovery from Community Acquired Pneumonia
Reductions in mortality, need for life support, hospital stays, and other measures should win this drug class serious consideration, study authors say.
Risk Factors Identified for 30-day Mortality in Patients with Pneumonia
Targeting these risk factors with adjunctive therapy may help improve outcomes, say authors of a new study.
Viruses Found Responsible for Burden of Hospitalizations from CAP
A new CDC study also found that older adults are more likely to be hospitalized for a severe respiratory virus than those aged 18 to 49 years.
PPI Use Upped Risk for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
Proposed mechanisms for the association include PPI-induced acute pH dysregulation and alteration of the gut microbiome.
Pneumonia Significantly Increased Costs of ICU Stays
The price tag for an ICU stay was more than 5 times higher for pneumonia patients. Can we find an ounce of prevention?
Inpatient Physical Therapy After CAP Reduced Readmissions
Thirty minutes/day of hospital-based physical therapy reduced 30-day readmission, an important Medicare hospital performance metric.
Biomarker Added to PSI Helps Risk-Stratify Patients With CAP
The combined measures may help reduce hospitalizations by reclassifying CAP patients at low risk for adverse events.
PCV13: Effective Against First-Episode CAP in Older Adults
The 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine reduced nearly by half vaccine-type community acquired pneumonia in adults aged 65 years and older.
Hospitalization for Pneumonia Linked to Risk for CVD
Risk of MI, stroke, and fatal coronary heart disease remained elevated among some patients hospitalized for pneumonia up to 10 years after the index event.