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Updates on COVID-19 respiratory disease, pneumonia and more

September 01, 2021

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Healio editors compiled a list of the most widely read pneumology news released in August.

Highlights from the previous month include updates on the risk of COVID-19, which is influenced by pulmonary function scores; bacterial superinfection in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia; increased physical activity reduces the risk of obstructive sleep apnea; Use of antifibrotic drugs for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in the United States; increased risk of asthma at the age of 4 years after pneumonia in infancy; and more.

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Bacterial superinfection detected in 21% of patients with COVID-19 pneumonia

Bacterial superinfection was present in 21% of patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia at the time of intubation, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Continue reading

Lung Function Levels Affect the Relationship Between Obesity and COVID-19 Risk

In a new study, researchers found that obesity interacted with low underlying lung function and increased the risk of COVID-19, according to data published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Continue reading

RSV cases expected to increase as COVID-19 measures are eased

As preventive measures against COVID-19 wane, authors of a comment in the Canadian Medical Association Journal anticipate a resurgence of respiratory syncytial virus in children in Canada. Continue reading

More exercise, less television time can reduce the risk of obstructive sleep apnea

More physical activity and less sedentary time were linked to a lower incidence of obstructive sleep apnea, according to new results published in the European Respiratory Journal. Continue reading

Coexistence of bronchiectasis with asthma, frequent chronic rhinosinusitis

Concomitant bronchiectasis in patients with asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis is common and associated with more severe diseases, according to new evidence published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine. Continue reading

Disposable bronchoscope receives FDA approval

A new single-use bronchoscope from Boston Scientific has received FDA approval for use in intensive care and bedside procedures, according to a press release. Continue reading

A wakeful prone position can prevent intubation in patients with COVID-19

Prone awake position early after hospital admission significantly reduced the need for mechanical ventilation in patients with hypoxemic respiratory failure due to COVID-19, researchers reported. Continue reading

Introduction of Newer Antifibrotic Drugs for Low IPF in US Daily Practice: Study

According to an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, the acceptance of pirfenidone and nintedanib for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has been low in the United States. Continue reading

Ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 risk in people with cystic fibrosis is required

Although people with cystic fibrosis are at increased risk for viral infections of the respiratory tract, based on the evidence published to date, this population does not appear to be at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Continue reading

Pneumonia in infancy increases the risk of asthma by the age of 4

In a new study, children with pneumonia diagnosed in infancy had an increased risk of asthma by the age of 4. Continue reading

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