Respiratory Medicine

  • Many VTE patients live in fear of the next event

    on March 29th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM THSNA 2018 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An estimated 41% of patients who experienced a venous thromboembolism (VTE) fear another clot often or almost all the time. In addition, about 25% report abnormal levels of anxiety, and 12% have abnormal depression scores. Those are ke[...]
  • Are higher rifampin doses for pulmonary TB more effective?

    on March 29th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM CROI 2018 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Current daily doses of rifampin for treating pulmonary tuberculosis may be too low and could be safely increased, results of a randomized phase 2 study suggest. “Back in the 1970s, rifampin was an expensive drug, and attempts to shorten [...]
  • TB in 2017: Good news and bad news

    on March 27th, 2018
    FROM MMWR The rate and number of new tuberculosis cases in the United States for 2017 were the lowest since national surveillance started in 1953, but news on the TB elimination front is not so good, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those new lows – TB incidence of 2.8 [...]
  • RSV immunoprophylaxis in premature infants doesn’t prevent later asthma

    on March 24th, 2018
    FROM THE LANCET Respiratory syncytial virus immunoprophylaxis in premature infants does not appear to prevent asthma at age 6 years, reported Nienke M. Scheltema, MD, of Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and associates. In a study of 395 otherwise healthy premature infants [...]
  • Xenon imaging could detect lung involvement after HSCT

    on March 22nd, 2018
    REPORTING FROM THE 2018 BMT TANDEM MEETINGS SALT LAKE CITY (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Hyperpolarized xenon-129 magnetic resonance imaging, or 129Xe MRI, showed strong promise for revealing early lung ventilation deficits in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients in a proof-of[...]
  • Alternative oxygen therapy reduces treatment failure in bronchiolitis

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE High-flow oxygen therapy outside the ICU boosts the likelihood that infants with bronchiolitis will avoid treatment failure and an escalation of treatment, a study finds. “High flow can be safely used in general emergency wards and general pediatric ward se[...]
  • Novel oral immunotherapy increased peanut tolerance in children, adults

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS 2018 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Children and adults with peanut allergy who received a novel oral immunotherapy were able to tolerate higher doses of peanut protein, compared with those receiving placebo, according to research results. Stacie M. Jones, MD, of [...]
  • FDA wants data on role of flavored tobacco products in youth initiation

    on March 20th, 2018
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking data on the role that flavors, including menthol, in tobacco products play in the initiation, use, and cessation of tobacco products, with an emphasis on how flavoring impacts young people. “In the spirit of our commitment to preventing kids from using t[...]
  • FDA proposes lower nicotine levels in cigarettes

    on March 15th, 2018
    Nicotine levels in cigarettes could see a significant reduction under regulatory options being considered by the Food and Drug Administration. Cigarettes “are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half all long-term users,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, sa[...]
  • Olopatadine/mometasone combo is safe and effective

    on March 14th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Twice-daily treatment with a combination of olopatadine and mometasone showed significant clinical benefit and demonstrated safety for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis, according to the results of a phase 3 trial. T[...]
  • FDA meeting on medical devices for sleep apnea scheduled

    on March 13th, 2018
    The Food and Drug Administration will host an open meeting about medical devices to diagnose and treat sleep apnea on April 16. In a statement sent to members, CHEST invited all to attend this open meeting, which will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md. The agency is soliciting[...]
  • Good definitions, research lacking for COPD-asthma overlap

    on March 13th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Experts agreed that asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome, referred to as ACOS, is an area in dire need of more careful study to give clinicians data they can actually use. The topic[...]
  • New approaches needed for food allergies in minority children

    on March 13th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Programs tailored according to culture and socioeconomic background can overcome food allergies that are worse in African American and Hispanic children, compared with their white counterparts, an expert said. These e[...]
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