Can COPD be stopped?

Search-engine slush-pile question. “How can you stop COPD when you’ve never smoked?”

Bottom line – whether you’ve smoked or not, COPD Continue reading

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COPD and antibiotics…

I found this stating-the-bleeding-obvious gem in today’s Search Medica newsletter:-

Dramatic benefits for early antibiotics in at-risk patients with LRTI**

Prescribing antibiotics on the day of diagnosis of a lower respiratory tract infection, ‘dramatically’ reduces admissions and mortality related to respiratory infection, UK research reports. Antibiotic prescribing on the day of diagnosis lowered the rate of admissions by 27% and reduced mortality by as much as 69%.

(**LRTI includes COPD flare-ups.)

Well, hey, I’ve been Continue reading