Routine use of supplemental oxygen does not reduce one-year all-cause mortality versus ambient air
For patients with severe influenza, double-dose oseltamivir has no benefit over standard-dose treatment.
For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalized for a respiratory-related event, administration of azithromycin is associated with a prolonged time to next respiratory hospitalization.
Researchers find oxygen therapy does not improve quality of life, forestall hospitalization, lengthen lives
The researchers found that 12% of infants in the high-flow group received escalation of care due to treatment failure versus 23% in the standard-therapy group.
A recently published case report describes the case of a 36-year-old male chronic heart failure patient who, "spontaneously expectorated an intact cast of the right bronchial tree," following an extreme bout of coughing.
Narrow-spectrum antibiotics, which are recommended as first-line therapy for children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), show similar outcomes compared with broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Physicians are frequently called upon to assist fellow passengers who are ill during flight. A recent article addresses the ethical and legal considerations for physicians who provide medical services to patients during commercial flights.
The patient, who had a history significant for cerebral palsy, seizures, and chronic constipation, had presented complaining of 3 days of fever, nausea, vomiting, and anorexia.
Safety Alerts and Recalls
The use of e-cigarette products has been associated with several cases of severe pulmonary disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In an official health advisory, the CDC stated that 215 possible cases have been reported across 25 states, with additional suspected cases still under investigation. One death has also been…