Toolkit To Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
The Toolkit To Improve Safety for Mechanically Ventilated Patients helps hospitals make care safer for mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units (ICUs). These patients require the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. ICU staff can use the toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to reduce complications for patients on ventilators. Such complications include ventilator-associated pneumonia, which affects as many as 20 percent of patients who are on a ventilator for more than 48 hours. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Missing link for fighting viral pneumonia identified
According to the Centers for Disease Control, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes about 60,000 hospitalizations of children aged 0 to four, and nearly 200,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths among adults 65 and older. However, there are virtually no vaccines or treatments for these infections. In a new study, researchers found evidence that the cytokine, Interleukin 27 (IL-27), may be the key to fighting and treating these infections. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Black Women Face Devastating Losses If Obamacare Is Repealed
Bianca Adams worked part-time jobs as a spa professional, sometimes juggling two or three at a time, for years. But none of them offered her insurance, which meant that the 47-year-old with diabetes often went to the emergency room for care. “I was one of those people that had to go to the emergency when my blood sugar got too high and I needed fluids,” Adams told The Huffington Post. “There was really no one managing my health at that point.” When her Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act began in 2014, Adams, who has been disabled with severe knee problems for 25 years, under...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diagnostic and Prognostic Utility of Procalcitonin in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Dyspnea
This piece of research lead to a practice changing update on DynaMed Plus. It found that serum procalcitonin ≥ 0.1 ng/mL may help diagnose pneumonia in patients with dyspnea presenting to the emergency department. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu shot may curb respiratory infections in people with heart failure
HealthDay News Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients' risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure
THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 -- Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients'risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, when the heart is too weak to pump enough... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 2, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

TiGenix begins enrolment in Phase Ib/IIa trial of Cx611 to treat severe sepsis
Belgium-based bio-pharmaceutical company TiGenix has begun enrolment for its Phase Ib/IIa clinical trial of Cx611 (SEPCELL) to treat severe sepsis in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - February 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Cold, flu, superbug
Many Americans are feeling pretty lousy this winter, thanks to a common cold or influenza virus.?Of those, a sizable number will seek medical attention to help with symptoms. Antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia,?won't help colds, flu and most sore throats. Mayo Clinic experts says antibiotics are important drugs; however, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 30, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Will "Measles Parties" Return?
The co-author of this post is Will Schupmann President Trump's possible appointment of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a commission on vaccine safety should frighten all American parents. Kennedy, a vocal believer in the thoroughly discredited notion that childhood vaccines lead to autism, could strengthen the anti-vaccination movement, which would undoubtedly result in the deaths of unvaccinated children. Today's anti-vaccination movement has already proved to be dangerous. The Disneyland-linked outbreak of measles in California two years ago brought attention to a significant decline in vaccination rates, which vaccine o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 29, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Modest Proposal: Mr. President, Get Some Sleep
Donald Trump’s first week as president of the United States is in the bag, and what a week it’s been. He came in promising to be an unconventional president, and on that score he’s delivered. But in another sense, he’s off to an all too conventional start. Whether he recreates America’s greatness remains to be seen, but in the meantime, what he seems to be recreating is the chaotic Bill Clinton White House. Of course they’re miles apart politically. But what Trump is recreating is the Clinton working process — complete with all of its feverish, frantic, late-night, sleep-depriv...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Modern Diagnostic Approach to CAP in Adults The Modern Diagnostic Approach to CAP in Adults
Read about the diagnostic approaches to the adult with suspected community-acquired pneumonia, and find out about emerging technologies that may lead to better identification.Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Arsanis begins dosing patients in Phase II trial of ASN100 to prevent S. aureus pneumonia
Bio-pharmaceutical company Arsanis has begun dosing patients in a Phase II clinical trial of ASN100 to treat Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) pneumonia in high-risk, mechanically ventilated patients. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - January 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria: '1m Children Die of Preventable Diseases Yearly'
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -About one million Nigerian children die every year mostly from preventable diseases including pneumonia, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B infection, whooping cough, measles and meningitis among others, the President of Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Ngozi Ibeziako has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Researcher receives NIH award to study pneumonia biology
(Boston University Medical Center) Joseph P. Mizgerd, ScD, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Mizgerd will use this seven-year, $5.9 million grant to study the biology of pneumonia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Former President Bush Watched Inaugural From Hospital Room Former President Bush Watched Inaugural From Hospital Room
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who has spent nearly a week at a Houston hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia, watched the inauguration of President Donald Trump from the intensive care unit, a family spokesman said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 23, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

What is in the Differential Diagnosis of Fatigue?
Discussion Fatigue is a subjective feeling of decreased energy, tiredness or feeling of exhaustion. Lethargy is often used synonymously, but lethargy is a state of being drowsiness or sleepy, and implies mental status changes. Both can cause the person to be apathetic or less active. Fatigue is a common state that almost everyone experiences multiple times in his or her lifetime. For most people it is a relatively acute or short-term chronic problem, often with a relatively easily identifiable problem cause, such as inadequate sleep, acute illness, or overexertion. For some, it can be less readily identifiable such as dep...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

George H.W. Bush And Barbara Bush Could Be Released From The Hospital In The Coming Days
After being hospitalized and missing the inauguration of President Donald Trump, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are recovering in the hospital and could be released in the coming days, the family’s spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Sunday. The former president, 92, has been in a Houston hospital for a week, after suffering breathing problems due to pneumonia. On Wednesday, the former first lady, 91, was hospitalized as well, for fatigue and coughing. Both have shown signs of improvement over the last few days. Bush remains in the ICU but is breathing on his own, and ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumonia With TAS-102 for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Pneumonia With TAS-102 for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
This case indicates that pulmonary toxicity needs to be considered as a potential adverse effect of TAS-102, a recently approved drug for patients with refractory metastatic colorectal cancer.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

George H.W. Bush health "on the upswing"
The former president is fighting pneumonia, and he also suffers from a rare syndrome called parkinsonism (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wigan man turned stiff from ultra rare condition FOP dies
Adrian Berry, 40, from Wigan, suffered from fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. He passed away with pneumonia on Boxing Day (pictured with friends on his 40th birthday). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Pneumonia Often Strikes Older Adults
Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Jan. 14 following a bout of pneumonia, CNN reported Jan. 18. In addition, Bush’s wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, was admitted to the hospital as a precaution because she was experiencing “fatigue and coughing,” according to CNN. The 41st president turned 92 last summer, and Barbara Bush is 91. Why does pneumonia often strike older adults? [27 Devastating Infectious Diseases] One reason is that a person’s immunity declines after age 50, “so it wouldn’t be surprising if someone who’s over 90 would have a reduced immunity,&rd...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Myositis Lung Disease: Better Survival than IPF (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Myositis-associated pneumonia prognosis superior despite disease similarities (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Community-acquired pneumonia ‘not just winter problem’
Community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease linked to winter, as it occurs throughout all four seasons, according to Spanish researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

These Numbers Show Just How Safe Vaccines Are
Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new government commission on vaccine safety. But science on this issue is already clear; numerous studies show that vaccines are safe and effective, and that serious side effects are rare. On Jan. 10, Kennedy met with the president-elect at Trump Tower, and later told reporters about the new commission. However, the Trump administration did not confirm that such a commission was in the works. A spokesperson for Trump said only that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility of forming a committee on autism,&...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Numbers Show Just How Safe Vaccines Are
Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new government commission on vaccine safety. But science on this issue is already clear; numerous studies show that vaccines are safe and effective, and that serious side effects are rare. On Jan. 10, Kennedy met with the president-elect at Trump Tower, and later told reporters about the new commission. However, the Trump administration did not confirm that such a commission was in the works. A spokesperson for Trump said only that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility of forming a committee on autism,&...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 17, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Community-acquired pneumonia can spread year-round
(Wiley) New research indicates that community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease, as it occurs throughout all seasons; however, the pathogens that cause the condition are clearly subject to seasonal variations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pneumonia BREAKTHROUGH: Vaccine could prevent serious and potentially FATAL lung infection
PNEUMONIA is a serious lung infection that makes it difficult for patients to breathe - and is one of the most common causes of death as a result of infection in the UK. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumonia Symptoms
Title: Pneumonia SymptomsCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 7/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - January 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Killer bug could deliver medicines
A bacterium that causes pneumonia is being redesigned to act as a 'cell doctor' that detects and treats disease from inside the human body. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 13, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

From strep throat to RSV: Winter health cheat sheet
According to this study published in Pediatrics, vapor rub can be effective in decreasing nighttime cough. Please note that some children may experience skin irritation. Vapor rub is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Keep the nasal passages as clear of excess mucous as you can. Elevate the head when sleeping to help support comfortable breathing. Keep a close eye on your child’s breathing. Notify your pediatric health care providers of any changes in your child’s condition. You should notify your pediatrician or call 911 immediately if your child displays signs of respiratory distress such as:&n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 12, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: Health & Wellness Parenting Croup RSV strep throat whooping cough Source Type: news

How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is similar to a cold but can lead to complications that include pneumonia Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Infant and Newborn Care, Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections, Toddler Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is similar to a cold but can lead to complications that include pneumonia (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Strep spreads by harnessing immune defenses of those infected
The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next -- with help from the hosts'immune defenses. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 11, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Strep spreads by harnessing immune defenses of those infected
(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next -- with help from the hosts' immune defenses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Is it Harmful to Not Finish Antibiotics?
Is it harmful to not finish antibiotics? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Drew Smith, former R&D director at MicroPhage and SomaLogic, on Quora: Doctors are taught that it is important to finish out a course of antibiotics, and they dutifully relay this information to their patients. But the determination of therapy duration is usually based on almost no evidence at all. This is especially true for our understanding of the risk of the development of resistance, which is rarely a measured outcome in the clini...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do YOU have the hacking cough? It could cause you to become fat, experts warn  
Currently tens of thousands of people across Britain are believed to be suffering from the pneumonia-causing bug. But previous research has found it can cause chickens to gain weight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suffering with a hacking cough? YOU could have the virus which can cause PNEUMONIA
ADENOVIRUSES can affect the respiratory tract and cause an infection similar to the common cold - but antibiotics won ’t help people infected by the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hacking cough plaguing Britain could be caused by virus that gives sufferers PNEUMONIA
GP surgeries across Britain have reported seeing a large number of patients with a nasty cough. Experts warn it could be caused by the adenovirus which can lead to pneumonia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is bronchitis? Chronic lung infection can cause dangerous pneumonia
BRONCHITIS is an infection of the lungs - which can cause them to become inflamed and can produce a cough which lasts for months. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avian influenza outbreak: Human symptoms of potentially fatal virus ‘bird flu’ revealed
AVIAN flu, also known as bird flu is a virus can affect humans - causing symptoms ranging from mild conjunctivitis to to severe pneumonia and even death. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acute eosinophilic pneumonia following heat-not-burn cigarette smoking - Kamada T, Yamashita Y, Tomioka H.
A 20-year-old man was admitted with acute respiratory failure. He had started smoking 20 heat-not-burn cigarettes (HC) per day 6 months previously, then purchased a second device for smoking HC to increase smoking to 40 cigarettes per day 2 weeks before ho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A possible treatment for severe sepsis undergoes clinical test
EU-funded project SEPCELL will conduct a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for patients with severe sepsis caused by a severe form of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. The trial is one of a series of steps in assessing whether the treatment is safe and efficacious for patients with this life-threatening disease. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 5, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Lactococcus garvieae: Impact of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Identification on Clinical Care in a Case of Cholecystitis and Bacteremia
We describe a 79-year-old male with a history of recent travel to Mexico who had bile fluid and blood cultures positive for L. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - January 4, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Justin Schmetterer, Karissa Culbreath, Austin Ballew, Christine Boehringer, Joseph Gorvetzian, Nancy Jordan Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Volunteers With No Medical Training Are Fighting Diseases The World Ignores
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. For people suffering from painful diseases in remote parts of the world, neighbors volunteering as health educators can be their best shot at getting help. Ordinary people, without any formal medical training, have stepped up to teach others about common illnesses in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of neglected tropical diseases in the country ― but where many people live in remote, rural communities, far from any health centers. As p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Volunteers With No Medical Training Are Fighting Diseases The World Ignores
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. For people suffering from painful diseases in remote parts of the world, neighbors volunteering as health educators can be their best shot at getting help. Ordinary people, without any formal medical training, have stepped up to teach others about common illnesses in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of neglected tropical diseases in the country ― but where many people live in remote, rural communities, far from any health centers. As p...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Vaccines cost effective for pneumonia prevention in Sudan
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

"Obamacare" -- Three Keys for Improvement
By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD Dec. 31, 2016 -- As the 2016 presidential campaign came to a close and we elected a new president, polls showed that of the half-dozen things that most concerned Americans, health care was one of the major topics. No real surprise there. There are advocates for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, who say that statistics show that 21 million more Americans got health care who didn't have it before, and that those least able to afford it were the ones who benefitted from the ACA. There are advocates against the Affordable Care Act who point to what they say is a broken system, with ins...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immunisation and Inequality in 2016
A child receives an oral polio vaccine in Peshawar, Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS.By Andy HazelUNITED NATIONS, Dec 30 2016 (IPS)Childhood immunisation is one of the safest and most cost-effective health interventions available, yet many of the world’s most vulnerable children continue to miss out.A World Health Organisation report entitled State of inequality: childhood immunisation was released last week. While the report is mostly good news, immunisation rates are up and many countries have eradicated diseases entirely, a large population of children remain unimmunised.To better reach these children th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Andy Hazel Tags: Health Inequity immunisation Polio United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) World Health Organization (WHO) Source Type: news

For Cempra, feasibility of FDA-suggested study yet to be determined
Following Cempra ’s announcement Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not approve its new drug applications for pneumonia drug solithromycin, the feasibility of an FDA-suggested study to progress approval forward has yet to be determined, according to acting CEO David Zaccardelli. Concerns over h epatotoxicity, or liver damage, surfaced at a briefing ahead of an FDA advisory committee hearing last month, and those same safety concerns, along with unspecified manufacturing deficiencies,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

FDA Rejects Cempra's Pneumonia Antibiotic
The U.S. FDA has rejected Cempra's antibiotic, solithromycin, for treating community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - December 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news