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News: Articles from our Partners at Consultant 360 November 2017

New Respiratory Disease Articles from our Partners at Consultant 360

Respiratory Infection Outcomes Improved With Biomarker-Guided Therapy

In a recent meta-analysis, researchers sought to examine the safety of procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy among patients with acute respiratory infections.

Add-On Drug Improves Asthma Control, Quality of Life

Patients with uncontrolled, persistent asthma often have poor quality of life and a substantial disease burden. Researchers assessed the effects of an add-on therapy in these patients in a recent study.

Vitamin D May Reduce Asthma Exacerbations

A previous meta-analysis suggested that vitamin D reduced the rate of asthma exacerbations that required treatment with systemic corticosteroids. To determine if this finding was limited to only those with low baseline vitamin D levels, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis.

COPD-Related Mortality, Hospital Length of Stay Lower in Women

More than 30 million people in the United States have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A recent study presented at the CHEST 2017 Annual Meeting compared outcomes in men and women who had been hospitalized due to an exacerbation.

COPD Risk Significantly Increased in RA Patients

Several studies have demonstrated a link between inflammation and COPD. In a recent study, researchers investigated whether individuals with RA could b predisposed to COPD.