Search Tag: Pneumonia

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New Breath Test for Pneumonia

2015 27 Jun

A new UK study published in the journal Thorax has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. The new method involves chemical analysis of breath specimens from patients in intensive care to detect bacterial infection in the lower respiratory tract of ventilated patients at risk of... Read more

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Readmissions in Severe Sepsis Common

2015 20 May

Severe sepsis is a significant cause of rehospitalisation along the lines of nationally recognised outcome measures and more commonly discussed conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure (HF), according to a new study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. “Severe sepsis continues to be a common cause of hospitalisation... Read more

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miacom diagnostics: New IVD Tools for Direct Testing of Respiratory Samples

2015 24 Apr

miacom diagnostics specialises in the development and commercialisation of diagnostics tools for identification and differentiation of bacteria in acute infectious diseases. The company was founded in Duesseldorf, Germany in 2006 with the vision to develop faster and better diagnostic methods than the ones currently available on the market. “One of... Read more

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Personalised Treatment for Cancer Patients with Pneumonia

2015 14 Apr

A study by researchers from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Brazil has analysed the factors associated with severe pneumonia in hospitalised cancer patients and suggests that more personalised treatment protocols can reduce mortality in these patients. The findings are published online in PLoS ONE . It is widely believed that the... Read more

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Treating Pneumonia with Antibiotics

2015 03 Apr

According to the results of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and carried out by researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), patients with pneumonia can be treated with most common antibiotics which are as effective as the more expensive alternatives. Despite the fact that there are various types of antibiotics... Read more

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New Decision Support Tool Improves Pneumonia Care

2015 13 Mar

According to a new study conducted by researchers at Intermountain Medical Center, using advanced clinical decision support tools can reduce mortality for patients who are treated for pneumonia. The findings have been published in Annals of Emergency Medicine . Approximately 1.1 million patients in the US are treated for pneumonia each year. More... Read more

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Corticosteroids for Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia

2015 17 Feb

A new study published in JAMA shows that the use of the corticosteroid methylprednisolone compared with placebo reduced treatment failure for patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia and high initial inflammatory response. "If replicated, these findings would support the use of corticosteroids as adjunctive treatment in this clinical population,”... Read more

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WHO Critical Care Training for Tajik Clinicians

2015 30 Jan

World Health Organization (WHO) influenza experts have recently conducted a clinical workshop for front-line clinicians working in intensive care units (ICUs) across Tajikistan. As the health professionals primarily responsible for the management of severe cases of influenza infection, these clinicians are likely to be the first to detect severe cases... Read more

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Septic Shock: Readmission Rates Above Average

2014 06 Nov

Most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, although 23 percent of these patients will return to the hospital within 30 days, according to a new study. The number is noticeably higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical centre, researchers reported. The study findings have been published in Critical Care Medicine... Read more

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Breath Test for Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia

2014 24 Oct

Pneumonia is caused by many different microbes, and early identification of the bug culprit is important to ensure timely and appropriate treatment. A novel approach — analysing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe — may help detect invasive aspergillosis, a fungal infection that is a leading cause of mortality... Read more