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Researchers develop software to find drug-resistant bacteria
The program could make it easier to identify the deadly antimicrobial resistant bacteria that exist in the environment. (2020-07-06)
Estimation of excess deaths from COVID-19 in the US
Weekly changes in U.S. deaths from March 1 through May 30, 2020, due to any cause and deaths due to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 are investigated in this observational study. (2020-07-01)
COVID-19 from food safety and biosecurity perspective
Most recently emerged pneumonia of unknown cause named COVID-19 has a devastating impact on public health and economy surpassing its counterparts in morbidity and mortality. (2020-06-24)
AJR: Chest CT can distinguish negative from positive lab results for COVID-19
American Journal of Roentgenology investigators from five infectious disease hospitals across four districts in Guangzhou, China found that the less pulmonary consolidation on chest CT, the greater the possibility of negative initial reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction results for 21 patients (nine men, 12 women; age range, 26-90 years). (2020-06-18)
UConn researchers overcome a vexing problem in vaccine research
Researchers at UConn's Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research (CEVR) have made a breakthrough in vaccine development for a common and difficult to treat pneumonia-causing pathogen. (2020-06-17)
COVID-19 hospitalizations could mean significant out-of-pocket medical costs for many Americans
If past hospitalizations for pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses are any guide, many Americans could face high out-of-pocket medical costs for COVID-19 hospitalizations. (2020-06-15)
Osteoporosis treatment may also protect against pneumonia
A recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates (N-BPs) such as alendronate, which are widely used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis, are linked with lower risks of pneumonia and of dying from pneumonia. (2020-06-03)
Researchers map SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells of nasal cavity, bronchia, lungs
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill characterized the specific ways in which SARS-CoV-2 infects the nasal cavity to a great degree -- replicating specific cell types -- and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower down the respiratory tract. (2020-06-01)
When COVID-19 meets flu season
As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn't scary enough, the flu season is not far away. (2020-05-29)
Study reveals mental health of medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients
Medical personnel treating coronavirus cases in China have higher rates of anxiety and other mental health symptoms than the general population, according to a new study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ning Sun of Ningbo College of Health Science in Ningbo China, and colleagues. (2020-05-19)
First-of-its-kind-study reveals that eating prior to cardiac catheterization is non-inferior to fast
Patients undergoing cardiac catheterization are traditionally instructed to follow nothing by mouth, or nil per os (NPO), as there are no current standardized fasting protocols. (2020-05-14)
Further evidence does not support hydroxychloroquine for patients with COVID-19
The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine does not significantly reduce admission to intensive care or death in patients hospitalized with pneumonia due to COVID-19, finds a study from France published by The BMJ today. (2020-05-14)
Indicators of infection response do not predict severity of pneumonia in children
Blood biomarkers that reflect the body's response to infection -- including white blood cell count, absolute neutrophil count, C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin -- are generally not useful in predicting the overall severity of community-acquired pneumonia in children, according to a study published in Pediatrics. (2020-05-13)
Coronavirus infection in children -- it may not start with a cough
Children suffering from sickness and diarrhea, coupled with a fever or history of exposure to coronavirus, should be suspected of being infected with COVID-19, recommends a new study by doctors from Wuhan, China, who detail five cases of coronavirus in children who had no initial signs of respiratory illness. (2020-05-12)
Better antibiotic dosing could save lives in ICU
More lives could be saved in intensive care units around the world if new antibiotic guidelines designed by The University of Queensland are adopted. (2020-05-08)
Intel from an outpatient COVID-19 clinic
A new report offers insights that can help clinicians distinguish between patients with COVID-19 infections and those with other conditions that may mimic COVID-19 symptoms. (2020-05-06)
Organoid models reveal how the COVID-19 virus infects human intestinal cells
A new analysis of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, reveals that the pathogen can infect and replicate in cells that line the inside of the human intestines. (2020-05-01)
Summary of preliminary data about obesity and severity of COVID-19
In a Nature Reviews Endocrinology 'Comment' authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Boston Children's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. (2020-04-24)
Increased rate of infections may indicate a future cancer diagnosis
Patients experienced a greater occurrence of infections in the years preceding a cancer diagnosis. (2020-04-17)
Elderly patients with pneumonia twice as likely to die as those with broken hips, yet underestimate the danger of pneumonia
Elderly patients who are hospitalised with pneumonia are twice as likely to die as those hospitalised with hip fractures -- yet many elderly people fail to accurately assess their risk of pneumonia, concludes research due to be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). (2020-04-17)
AJR review of COVID-19 studies cautions against chest CT for coronavirus diagnosis
To date, the radiology literature on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia has consisted of limited retrospective studies that do not substantiate the use of CT as a diagnostic test for COVID-19, according to an open-access article in the American Journal of Roentgenology. (2020-04-16)
New study shows how oxygen transfer is altered in diseased lung tissue
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed tiny sensors that measure oxygen transport in bovine lung tissue. (2020-04-09)
Risk factors for carrying pneumonia-causing bacteria revealed
New research has uncovered the risk factors for Fijians carrying a pneumonia-causing bacteria. (2020-04-08)
Rates of pulmonary complications drastically reduced with newer drug
A team of researchers at Michigan Medicine found the drug sugammadex was associated with significantly reduced rates of pulmonary complications following surgery. (2020-04-08)
Study demonstrates the need for immediate ICU care for severe COVID-19 pneumonia
Researchers have identified the most common clinical characteristics of 109 patients with COVID-19 related pneumonia who died in Wuhan, China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2020-04-07)
New CT scoring criteria for timely diagnosis, treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Updated CT scoring criteria that considers lobe involvement, as well as changes in CT findings (i.e., ground-glass opacity, crazy-paving pattern, and consolidation), could quantitatively and accurately evaluate the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia, according to an open-access article in the American Journal of Roentgenology. (2020-04-01)
Less expensive, more effective pneumonia vaccines are tested in humans
Developed by researchers at the Butantan Institute (Brazil) and Boston Children's Hospital, part of the Harvard Medical School (USA), the innovation is capable of providing protection against all serotypes of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. (2020-03-31)
HSC professor on team using stem cells to combat COVID-19 pneumonia
Dr. Jin said early findings are promising, and their international effort to test this treatment continues as a long-term study with more patients in China. (2020-03-30)
Semi-metal compound could treat foal pneumonia without promoting drug resistant bacteria
Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia may have discovered a way to treat deadly foal pneumonia without promoting multi-drug resistant bacteria. (2020-03-13)
Research reveals best hospital-based methods for reducing readmission rates
Research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has revealed the most effective hospital-based methods for reducing readmission rates. (2020-03-03)
Influenza: combating bacterial superinfection with the help of the microbiota
Frenc researchers and from Brazilian (Belo Horizonte), Scottish (Glasgow) and Danish (Copenhagen) laboratories have shown for the first time in mice that perturbation of the gut microbiota caused by the influenza virus favours secondary bacterial superinfection. (2020-03-03)
Chinese researchers detail chest CT findings in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia
This second article in the American Journal of Roentgenology's open-access series regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a multi-center study (n=101) of the relationship between chest CT findings and the clinical conditions of COVID-19 pneumonia--which determined that most patients with the disease have ground-glass opacities (GGO) (86.1%) or mixed GGO and consolidation (64.4%) and vascular enlargement in the lesion (71.3%). (2020-03-03)
First-ever pathology of the early phase of lung infection with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
An international team of clinicians and researchers for the first time have described the pathology of the SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus, and published their findings in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. (2020-02-27)
HKUST scientists shed light on COVID-19 vaccine development
A team HKUST scientists has recently identified a set of potential vaccine targets for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, to guide experimental efforts towards vaccine development against novel pneumonia (COVID-19). (2020-02-26)
No benefit found in using broad-spectrum antibiotics as initial pneumonia treatment
Doctors who use drugs that target antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a first-line defense against pneumonia should probably reconsider this approach, according to a new study of more than 88,000 veterans hospitalized with the disease. (2020-02-26)
When coronavirus is not alone
Interacting contagious diseases like influenza and pneumonia--and perhaps coronavirus too -- follow the same complex spreading patterns as social trends, like the adoption of new slang or technologies. (2020-02-24)
Scientists may have a way to let preemies breath easier
The continuing epidemic of pre-term births includes this stark reality: tiny, fragile babies are born with underdeveloped lungs and prone to lifelong respiratory infections and related chronic illnesses. (2020-02-18)
The (un)usual suspect -- novel coronavirus identified
The 2019 novel coronavirus (CoV) causes fatal pneumonia that has claimed over 1300 lives, with more than 52000 confirmed cases of infection by February 13, 2020, all in the span of just over a month. (2020-02-17)
The Lancet: Preliminary evidence suggests that new coronavirus cannot be passed from mother to child late in pregnancy
There is currently no evidence that the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causes severe adverse outcomes in neonates or that it can pass to the child while in the womb, according to a small observational study of women from Wuhan, China, who were in the third trimester of pregnancy and had pneumonia caused by COVID-19. (2020-02-12)
Evolution of Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and modeling of spike protein for human transmission
The pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019 was caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was found to belong to Betacoronavirus and share with SARS/SARS-like coronaviruses a common ancestor resembling bat coronavirus HKU9-1. (2020-02-07)
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