Pulmonology

Reports of high-impact pulmonology studies by medical professionals

Decreasing incidence of heart failure observed in Ontario, Canada

Image: CC/JHeilman. Pulmonary edema in heart failure.  Key findings: This study noted a substantial decrease in the incidence of heart failure in Ontario during the study...

Vitamin D supplementation does not decrease incidence of viral upper respiratory tract infections

Image: CC Key study points: 1. Vitamin D supplemented individuals showed no significant difference in number, severity, or duration of swab-positive URTI episodes when compared to...

Thalidomide shows efficacy as a potential anti-tussive for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Image: CC/P.Path Key study points: 1.       Thalidomide treatment improved cough-specific quality of life and decreased cough severity in IPF patients compared to placebo treatment 2.       Thalidomide also...

Best Adjustment Strategy for Asthma in the Long Term (BASALT) study finds no difference...

Image: CC Key study points: ·The United States’ current standard of care for adjustment of inhaled corticosteroids in asthmatic patients does not differ in efficacy when...

[NATURE] Neonatal RSV infection associated with increased susceptibility to allergic asthma

Image: CC/CDC. EM micrograph of RSV Primer:  Previous studies have demonstrated a strong association between recurrent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infections in neonates and the...

[NEJM] Tiotropium a significant boost for poorly controlled asthmatics on inhaled glucocorticoids and beta-agonists

Image: Tiotropium - CC/BenWeber. Trial info: Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim and Pfizer. ClinicalTrials.gov numbers, NCT00772538 and NCT00776984. Primer: Exacerbations in asthmatics may persist despite treatment with...

[NEJM] Reduction in growth by inhaled glucocorticoids in children found to persist into adulthood

Image: Budesonide, GNU FDL Primer: Inhaled glucocorticoids, a key in the treatment of persistent asthma in children, are known to reduce growth velocity in a...

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