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Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

A significant reduction in severe COPD exacerbations was seen with intensified combination therapy at the onset of upper respiratory tract infections.

Tuberculosis Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Medications

Tuberculosis Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Medications

Patients with type 2 diabetes treated with sulfonylureas had a higher risk of contracting tuberculosis compared with metformin.

COPD Home-Based Coaching Intervention: Effects on Physical Activity, Healthcare Utilization

COPD Home-Based Coaching Intervention: Effects on Physical Activity, Healthcare Utilization

Patients with COPD may increase their physical activity levels using a home-based coaching intervention.

Stable Hypercapnic COPD May Benefit From At-Home High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy

Stable Hypercapnic COPD May Benefit From At-Home High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy

Patients with stable hypercapnic COPD reported improved health-related quality of life after 6 weeks of at-home high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy.

Effect of Corticosteroids on Pneumonia-Related Mortality

Effect of Corticosteroids on Pneumonia-Related Mortality

Mortality from severe pneumonia may be significantly reduced with corticosteroids.

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

Within the first 30 days of therapy, patients with COPD who began using long-acting bronchodilators had a 1.5-fold increased risk for cardiovascular events.

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are working to develop a universal influenza vaccine.

Intravenous Antibiotic Recalled Due to Mold

Intravenous Antibiotic Recalled Due to Mold

AuroMedics Pharma announced a voluntary recall of 1 lot of Linezolid injection after a batch found contained mold.

Improving Prognosis in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis-Associated Pulmonary Hypertension

Improving Prognosis in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis-Associated Pulmonary Hypertension

Bosentan may benefit a subset of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis-associated pulmonary hypertension.

New Trial to Assess Dabigatran in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

New Trial to Assess Dabigatran in Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism

A clinical trial is underway to assess the safety and efficacy of dabigatran in intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism after completing 72 hours of heparin therapy.

Tuberculosis Screening: Updated Recommendations from CHEST

Tuberculosis Screening: Updated Recommendations from CHEST

New recommendations suggest that high risk tuberculosis patients with cough should be screened for pulmonary tuberculosis.

Efficacy and Safety of Benralizumab in Adults With Eosinophilic Asthma

Efficacy and Safety of Benralizumab in Adults With Eosinophilic Asthma

Asthma exacerbations may be reduced in patients with eosinophilic asthma treated with benralizumab.

Effect of Beta-Blockers on Hospitalization in COPD and Concurrent Heart Failure

Effect of Beta-Blockers on Hospitalization in COPD and Concurrent Heart Failure

Carvedilol may increase the risk for hospitalization in patients with concurrent heart failure and COPD compared with metoprolol/bisoprolol/nebivolol.

Thromboembolic Event Risk With Cisplatin vs Carboplatin in Lung Cancer

Thromboembolic Event Risk With Cisplatin vs Carboplatin in Lung Cancer

Platinum-based chemotherapy agents for lung cancer may increase the risk for thromboembolism.

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

Patients with an egg allergy do not need to avoid or take special precautions when receiving the influenza vaccine.

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

The FDA announced a new enforcement strategy to regulate drug products labeled as homeopathic.

Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Children: Broad- vs Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics

Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Children: Broad- vs Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics

Broad-spectrum antibiotics are not associated with better clinical or patient-centered outcomes in children with acute respiratory tract infections.

Comparing Treatments for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Comparing Treatments for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

In patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, cisatracurium does not improve mortality when compared with vecuronium, but is associated with improvements in other outcomes.

FDA Approves Removal of Box Warning From Advair, Breo Asthma Therapies

FDA Approves Removal of Box Warning From Advair, Breo Asthma Therapies

Updates were also made to the Warnings and Precautions section of labeling for ICS/LABA-class medications.

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.

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