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Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria non-inferior to usual care for patients at low-risk for pulmonary embolism

In this multicenter, randomized controlled study, the Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria (PERC) strategy resulted in significantly fewer uses of CT pulmonary angiography, reduced ED length of stay, and fewer hospital admissions.

Blood Biomarkers Add Value to COPD Mortality Predictive Model

Blood Biomarkers Add Value to COPD Mortality Predictive Model

High levels of C-reactive protein and neutrophils as well as low eosinophil count predicted a poor prognosis in COPD.

Lung Cancer Screening: Updated Guidelines From CHEST

Lung Cancer Screening: Updated Guidelines From CHEST

A CHEST expert panel has released updated guidelines for lung cancer screening.

Performing Two 6MWTs in Pulmonary Hypertension Minimizes "Learning Effect"

Performing Two 6MWTs in Pulmonary Hypertension Minimizes "Learning Effect"

Patients with suspected PH should undergo two 6MWTs to improve the accuracy of exercise capacity measurements.

Guiding COPD Management Using Airway Branch Variation

Guiding COPD Management Using Airway Branch Variation

Researchers examined variation in airway branches to determine whether they have an effect on the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Prognostic Value of 6MWT in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Prognostic Value of 6MWT in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The 6-minute walk test had prognostic value with respect to mortality in a population of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Improving Survival Rates

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Improving Survival Rates

Brain natriuretic peptide levels may accurately predict 5-year survival rates in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

COPD Mortality Predictions by GOLD 2017 vs Previous Versions

COPD Mortality Predictions by GOLD 2017 vs Previous Versions

Although the 2017 GOLD classification did not better predict mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overall, it did so when patients were extensively categorized by severity.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Patients who received provider-ordered influenza testing were more likely to be younger and present with fever and "influenza-like illness."

COPD Continues to Present Screening Challenges, Research Barriers

COPD Continues to Present Screening Challenges, Research Barriers

No data have demonstrated improved mortality, morbidity, or quality of life as a result of screening for COPD in asymptomatic individuals.

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