Influenza, Pneumococcal Disease, and COVID-19: What do Americans Think?
October 14, 2020

A new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found key insights into what Americans believe about flu, pneumococcal disease, and COVID-19.

USPSTF (Still) Recommends Against Screening for COPD
September 01, 2015

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
September 01, 2015

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
August 11, 2015

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
August 06, 2015

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.

Pneumonia Hits Older Adults Hardest
July 28, 2015

Infections with pneumonia send a substantial number of older adults to the hospital, much more than younger adults. Researchers are calling for new rapid diagnostic tests.

PPI Use Upped Risk for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
July 01, 2015

Proposed mechanisms for the association include PPI-induced acute pH dysregulation and alteration of the gut microbiome.

Pneumonia Significantly Increased Costs of ICU Stays
July 01, 2015

The price tag for an ICU stay was more than 5 times higher for pneumonia patients. Can we find an ounce of prevention?

Lung Disease Often Missed in Long-term Smokers
June 30, 2015

Undiagnosed lung disease in smokers, the impact of guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in children, and climate change and asthma attacks make headlines in the respiratory news.

Inpatient Physical Therapy After CAP Reduced Readmissions
June 05, 2015

Thirty minutes/day of hospital-based physical therapy reduced 30-day readmission, an important Medicare hospital performance metric.