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High-Dose Vitamin D Reduces Acute Respiratory Infection in Elderly

High-Dose Vitamin D Reduces Acute Respiratory Infection in Elderly

High-dose vitamin D supplementation reduced the incident of acute respiratory infection in older long-term care residents.

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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Interrupting Transmission of Tuberculosis Key to Containing Global Epidemic

Interrupting Transmission of Tuberculosis Key to Containing Global Epidemic

Interrupting the transmission of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis is the most important factor in curtailing the epidemic areas of high disease burden.

NIH: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine Testing Begins

NIH: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine Testing Begins

At this time, no vaccine to prevent or drug to treat respiratory syncytial virus infection is available.

Acute Respiratory Infections Reduced in Patients Receiving GERD Treatment

Acute Respiratory Infections Reduced in Patients Receiving GERD Treatment

First study to examine the benefit of treating GERD with proton pump inhibitors in reducing the acute respiratory infections complications.

FDA Approves Procalcitonin Biomarker Test to Aid Antibiotic Decision Making

FDA Approves Procalcitonin Biomarker Test to Aid Antibiotic Decision Making

Test uses procalcitonin as a biomarker to help make antibiotic management decisions in patients with lower respiratory tract infections and sepsis.

Acute Respiratory Infections May Be Reduced With Vitamin D Intake

Acute Respiratory Infections May Be Reduced With Vitamin D Intake

Vitamin D supplementation may prevent acute respiratory tract infections, according to a recent study.

Efficacy of 23-Valent Pneumococcal Vaccine in Rheumatoid Arthritis Questioned

Efficacy of 23-Valent Pneumococcal Vaccine in Rheumatoid Arthritis Questioned

A prospective, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial evaluates efficacy of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in preventing pneumonia in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

NSAIDs Use During Acute Respiratory Infection May Increase Risk of MI

NSAIDs Use During Acute Respiratory Infection May Increase Risk of MI

According to a new 7-year observational study, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during acute respiratory infection may significantly increase the risk of heart attack.

Poor Outcomes Seen With First-Line Treatment of Isoniazid-Resistant TB

Poor Outcomes Seen With First-Line Treatment of Isoniazid-Resistant TB

Literature review and meta-analysis reveal poor treatment outcomes in patients with isoniazid-resistant TB.

Promising Results for Pulmaquin in Treating Lung Infections in Non-CF Bronchiectasis

Promising Results for Pulmaquin in Treating Lung Infections in Non-CF Bronchiectasis

Two phase 3 trials (ORBIT-3 and ORBIT-4) yielded promising results for Pulmaquin (inhaled ciprofloxacin) in treating patients with non-CF bronchiectasis who have chronic lung infections with P aeruginosa.

COPD in Women Increasing, More Improvement Needed

COPD in Women Increasing, More Improvement Needed

More awareness needed regarding the increasing burden of COPD in women.

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