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PPI Use Upped Risk for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
Proposed mechanisms for the association include PPI-induced acute pH dysregulation and alteration of the gut microbiome.
Viagra and Melanoma: Search for Link Inconclusive
A new study shows a statistical association between PDE5 inhibitor use and melanoma and potential biological explanation, tempered by several caveats. Key questions remain unanswered.
Pneumonia Significantly Increased Costs of ICU Stays
The price tag for an ICU stay was more than 5 times higher for pneumonia patients. Can we find an ounce of prevention?
Secondary AF: Risk of Recurrence Found in Framingham
Is new-onset AF linked to an acute precipitant less likely to recur than spontaneous AF? Is it any less dangerous? A new study finds answers in Framingham data.
Obesity and AF: A Dose-dependent Relationship
A recent literature analysis found a 10% to 29% excess risk for AF conferred by incremental increases in BMI. The study in 9 slides, here.
Lung Disease Often Missed in Long-term Smokers
Undiagnosed lung disease in smokers, the impact of guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in children, and climate change and asthma attacks make headlines in the respiratory news.
3 Low Pressure Questions About Hypertension
Some things never change, or do they? Find answers here to key questions about the current state of high blood pressure treatment.
Five Tips to Help Your Patients Prepare for Anesthesia and Surgery
One in four people may cancel or delay surgery because the whole idea of general anesthesia is frightening. Offer good counsel to help keep things on track.
A Nutty Way to Prevent Cancer?
A large review ties nut consumption to a lower incidence of cancer, but not diabetes.
An 11-Month-Old Boy With Cough, Wheezing, and Fever
Watch this video taken during examination of the child. Listen as he cries. Is there a clue to the diagnosis?
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