Certain psychiatric drugs may increase risk of pneumonia

Related video A review of published studies indicates that use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine related drugs (BZRDs), which are prescribed to treat various psychiatric diseases, may increase the risk of pneumonia. The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry analysis included 12 reports related to 10 studies involving more than 120,000 pneumonia cases. After pooling the estimates, […]

Implementation of HRRP program associated with increased mortality after discharge

Related video Bottom Line: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was created under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals face financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. Lower hospital readmission rates for those conditions have been associated with the program but it was unclear if the […]

Choking deaths pose serious threat to the wellbeing of people with disability

Related video Speech Pathology Australia welcomes the Victorian Disability Services Commissioner’s report, “A review of disability service provision to people who have died 2017-18”, tabled in the Victorian Parliament yesterday, 19 December. While we welcome the Commissioner’s report, it sadly confirms what speech pathologists have been warning for some time now – that unless appropriate […]

Breakthrough research reveals how deadly pneumococcus avoids immune defenses

Related video Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered a new and important function of a toxin produced by disease-causing bacteria that could have significant implications for future vaccine design. Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major cause of life-threatening invasive diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis, and is responsible for more than […]

Bacterial pneumonia far more dangerous to the heart than viral pneumonia

Related video Heart complications in patients diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia are more serious than in patients diagnosed with viral pneumonia, according to new research from the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. In the study of nearly 5,000 patients, researchers found that patients diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia had a 60 […]

Artificial intelligence may fall short when analyzing data across multiple health systems

Related video Artificial intelligence (AI) tools trained to detect pneumonia on chest X-rays suffered significant decreases in performance when tested on data from outside health systems, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount and published in a special issue of PLOS Medicine on machine learning and health care. These […]