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Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

  Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra caution

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Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra cautionAccording to Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins, physicians treating their patients afflicted with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) need to observe extra caution while dealing with them.

It was remarked by lead author and pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S. that this finding has implications and serves a reminder to COPD patients so that they could take necessary preventive steps for avoiding pneumonia, which doubles their risk of death.

As many as 11 million Americans are afflicted with COPD every year and a big majority of this population belongs to the category of past or present-day smokers.

Tuesday 06, Jul 2010

  Steroids bring hopes for patients with pneumonia

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Steroids bring hopes for patients with pneumoniaPatients with pneumonia could expect significant relief coming their way with steroids, even better than what could have been achieved with the use of antibiotics alone, as per a study by researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Health of a patient with pneumonia can be restored back with a combination of steroids and antibiotics, according to the study.

Clinical trials will soon be conducted to confirm the findings, as per Dr. Robert Hardy, Study’s Senior Author & Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Thursday 08, Apr 2010

  Tamilflu and not steroids effective for treating bird flu

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Tamilflu and not steroids effective for treating bird fluAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), patients suffering from bird flu and being administered with the antiviral drug Tamiflu are better positioned to survive for long than those on steroids.

The WHO warned in a statement that therapy involving corticosteroids has been unable to prove its efficacy and the fact that long-term use or high-doses of corticosteroids can lead to severe health complications make them ineffective.

It was suggested that antibiotics should be prescribed only when there is a good reason to suspect the presence of a bacterial complication to pneumonia among the affected patients.

Thursday 04, Mar 2010

  Fast recovery from Pneumonia with steroids

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Fast recovery from Pneumonia with steroidsPneumonia patients have something as a relief now.

The combination of corticosteroids to the traditional antimicrobial therapy may be regarded as an effectual form of treatment for helping pneumonia patients recover faster than with antibiotics alone, as per scientists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Robert Hardy, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the study’s senior author, noted that antibiotics and steroids form a synergy together. While the antibiotics kill the bugs, steroids treat lung inflammation.

Wednesday 03, Feb 2010

  Pneumonia victims can expect relief with steroids

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Pneumonia victims can expect relief with steroidsPatients suffering from pneumonia can expect quick recovery with steroids and antibiotics rather than depending upon antibiotics alone, as per scientists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

In a study available online, it was noted that mice infected with a type of severe bacterial pneumonia and treated with a combination of steroids and antibiotics recovered faster besides displaying reduction in the level of lung inflammation than mice treated with antibiotics alone.

The list of other UT Southwestern researchers involved in the study included Dr. Christine Salvatore, infectious-disease fellow in pediatrics; Dr. Chonnamet Techasaensiri, postdoctoral trainee in pediatrics; Dr. Asunción Mejías, assistant professor of pediatrics; Dr. Juan Torres, visiting senior researcher in pediatrics; Kathy Katz, senior research associate in pediatrics; and Dr. Ana Maria Gomez, assistant professor of pathology along with researchers from the University of Milan making contributions.

Monday 18, Jan 2010

  Recommendations for inhaled corticosteroids must be exercised after great caution

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Recommendations for inhaled corticosteroids must be exercised after great cautionAfter an evidence was found suggesting that some of the presently-used anti-inflammatory medications increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third, Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins made a call for caution while recommendations are made by doctors while prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

COPD is believed to affect more than 11 million Americans on a yearly basis and most of this affected population belongs to the category of present or former smokers.

Pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., who led the study, remarked that findings of this study are expected to provide a reminder to patients with severe lung disease to plan and take steps for reducing the risk of pneumonia, which doubles their risk of dying.

Tuesday 12, Jan 2010

  Greater caution recommended for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids

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Greater caution recommended for prescribing inhaled corticosteroidsA call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) was made by Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins. The call was made after evidence suggested that some of the most widely-used anti-inflammatory medications may increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

It is considered that more than eleven million Americans are suffering from COPD and many of them belong to the former or current smokers’ category.

Lead author of this study, pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., said that the latest finding is a reminder to the medical fraternity and patients with severe lung disease to plan and take steps to reduce the risk of catching pneumonia, which doubles their risk of dying.

Thursday 31, Dec 2009

  Pneumonia effectively treatable with steroids

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Pneumonia effectively treatable with steroidsScientists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that adding corticosteroids to the traditional antimicrobial therapy may help pneumonia patients more than with antibiotics alone. Corticosteroids are generally used for treating inflammation in concern with infectious diseases while anabolic steroids are used for bulking up muscle.

Dr. Robert Hardy, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the study’s senior author, was of the view that there is no truth in the long held belief that steroids counteract the effect of the antibiotic.

Other UT Southwestern researchers involved in the study besides Dr. Hardy were Dr. Christine Salvatore, infectious-disease fellow in pediatrics; Dr. Chonnamet Techasaensiri, postdoctoral trainee in pediatrics; Dr. Asunción Mejías, assistant professor of pediatrics; Dr. Juan Torres, visiting senior researcher in pediatrics; Kathy Katz, senior research associate in pediatrics; and Dr. Ana Maria Gomez, assistant professor of pathology, some researchers from the University of Milan also contributed to the study.

Sunday 20, Dec 2009

  Pneumonia patients can expect relief with corticosteroids

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Pneumonia patients can expect relief with corticosteroidsAccording to scientists at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, traditional therapy when combined with corticosteroids can prove effective for treating patients with pneumonia and the benefit is easily seen in terms of improved recovery time.

In a study available online and in a future issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, it was shown by the researchers that corticosteroids and antibiotics can prove their combined worth for treating cases of pneumonia.

Dr. Robert Hardy, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the study’s senior author, was of the view that there is no truth in the myth that steroids can counteract the effect of the antibiotic as while antibiotics kill the bug, steroids improve lung inflammation and help in restoring health.

Friday 11, Dec 2009

  Corticosteroids not helpful for last-stage acute respiratory distress syndrome

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Corticosteroids not helpful for last-stage acute respiratory distress syndromeAs per new results from the ARDS Clinical Research Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, corticosteroids do not improve survival rate in patients suffering from last-stage ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome).

ARDS is a sudden and life-threatening lung condition affecting more than 150,000 people yearly in the United States alone and tend to develop in patients suffering from diseases such as pneumonia or sepsis or major injuries resulting in breathing failure.

 

Some early benefits to steroid treatment were noted by the involved researchers and these benefits appeared to minimize inflammation in the lungs. In addition to that, the use of steroids does not lead to more secondary infections – a common side effect of steroids.


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