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News: Articles from our Partners at Consultant 360 May 2017

New Respiratory Disease Articles from our Partners at Consultant 360

Study Questions Trends in COPD Exacerbation Frequency

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation frequency is an important measure when determining treatment strategies for the disease, but the long-term stability of frequency of COPD exacerbations is less well understood. Researchers examined this issue further in a recent study.

Rare Form of Pulmonary Hypertension May Be Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

Prevalence data for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension are limited and there are conflicting reports regarding its pathogenesis. In a recent study, researchers investigated estimated future incidence using data from 25 publications and 14 databases.

Study: MRI May Be Useful for Predicting PAH Outcomes

A recent study evaluated the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging measurements for assessing potential outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Study Assesses New Test for Rapid Diagnosis of Respiratory Infections

Antibiotics are often prescribed to patients before a diagnosis of a viral or bacterial infection is available. In a new study, researchers assessed the potential of a rapid point-of-care test designed to reduce diagnosis wait times and improve unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in patients with acute respiratory illness.

AATS: New Guidelines for Empyema

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery released new guidelines for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with empyema.