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Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Statin Potency and Hospitalization Risk

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Statin Potency and Hospitalization Risk

Contrary to previous studies, this study found an increased hospitalization risk for community-acquired pneumonia with higher-potency vs lower-potency statins.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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High Cardiac Troponin Levels Predict Mortality in CAP

High Cardiac Troponin Levels Predict Mortality in CAP

Elevated cardiac troponin levels were highly predictive of both in-hospital and long-term mortality in patients admitted for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Rhinovirus Pneumonia Increases Mortality in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Rhinovirus Pneumonia Increases Mortality in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Rhinovirus detection in the lower respiratory tract had high mortality rates comparable to viral pneumonia associated with other well-established respiratory viruses.

Diagnosing Pneumonia: Ultrasound More Accurate Than Radiology

Diagnosing Pneumonia: Ultrasound More Accurate Than Radiology

Point of care lung ultrasound is an accurate tool for the diagnosis of pneumonia.

Antibiotic Prescribing Habits Vary Widely Across Practices in Children With CAP

Antibiotic Prescribing Habits Vary Widely Across Practices in Children With CAP

Although published guidelines recommend amoxicillin in most children with community-acquired pneumonia, due to nonclinical factors, macrolides and broad-spectrum antibiotics continue to be prescribed.

Decrease in Pneumococcal Bacteremia With Routine PCV13 Vaccine

Decrease in Pneumococcal Bacteremia With Routine PCV13 Vaccine

Researchers observed a 95.3% reduction of S pneumoniae bacteremia after implementation of routine immunization with the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Inhaled Corticosteroids Does Not Increase Pneumonia Risk in Children With Asthma

Inhaled Corticosteroids Does Not Increase Pneumonia Risk in Children With Asthma

Inhaled corticosteroids use may not increase risk of pneumonia or other respiratory infections in children with asthma.

Case Synopsis: Late, Recurrent Pneumonia From Endobronchial Sutures

Case Synopsis: Late, Recurrent Pneumonia From Endobronchial Sutures

Endobronchial suture should be considered in patients with recurrent pneumonia that is unresponsive to medical therapy.

Efficacy of Pneumococcal Vaccines for Preventing Pneumonia in COPD

Efficacy of Pneumococcal Vaccines for Preventing Pneumonia in COPD

A Cochrane review found that polyvalent pneumococcal vaccines offered significant protection against CAP in patients with COPD but did not lower the risk of confirmed pneumococcal pneumonia.

Antimicrobial Options Assessed for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Antimicrobial Options Assessed for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

More effective antimicrobial treatments are needed to reduce adverse events burden for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Lung Ultrasonography is Fast and Accurate for Diagnosing Pneumonia

Lung Ultrasonography is Fast and Accurate for Diagnosing Pneumonia

Lung ultrasonography is a rapid, effective alternative to CT scans and chest radiographs for diagnosing pneumonia in the ED and ICU.

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