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What about cold and cough remedies? You can buy many other cold and cough remedies at pharmacies. There is very little evidence of any benefit from taking cold and cough remedies. Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines should not be given to children aged under 6. There is no evidence that they work and they can cause side-effects, such as allergic reactions, effects on sleep, or hallucinations. These medicines are available for children aged 6-12 but they are also best avoided in this age group
Practical Recommendations for COPD: Evidence-Based Care The treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depends on symptoms and history of exacerbation. These elements define the treatment strategies within the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Guidelines' ABCD assessment tool • Although not taken into account in the ABCD tool, spirometry remains important for the diagnosis and assessment of airflow limitation. Bronchodilators are first-line treatment, either as a single or dual bronchodilator treatment. • The recently available combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist (LAMA) into a single inhaler has demonstrated improvement in lung function, either in combination or with monotherapy. In the SPARK study evaluating indacaterol/glycopyrrolate vs glycopyrronium and tiotropium (LABA/LAMA vs LAMA alone) for the prevention of exacerbation in patients with COPD, the combination therapy was superior to a single bronchodilator as measured by the reduction of exacerbations. • LABA/LAMA was also shown to be superior in the ILLUMINATE study, which compared the patient-reported outcomes and the transition dyspnea index (TDI) for patients on LABA/LAMA with patients on LABA/ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). Data from multiple studies show that ICS-containing regimens can also effectively reduce exacerbation rates. Data from post-hoc analyses of clinical trials suggest that patients with high levels of blood eosinophils may respond better to ICS therapy, whereas patients with very low levels of eosinophils may not respond. ICS therapy is associated with serious side effects, such as pneumonia. In the WISDOM trial, patients who discontinued ICS experienced approximately 40 mL in forced expiratory volume over 1 second (FEV1), indicating that ICS should be withdrawn very carefully in some patients. As exacerbations are more frequent and often more severe in winter months, it is recommended to not withdraw steroids during that period Current evidence suggests that the combination of LABA/LAMA with ICS into a single inhaler will improve lung function, exacerbations, and symptoms Other treatment options besides triple therapy exist for patients who still experience exacerbations after LABA/LAMA treatment. • Roflumilast may be considered in patients with chronic bronchitis. • The use of long-term macrolides is possible in a particular profile subset of patients who have frequent exacerbations with bronchiectasis, bronchial colonization, and frequent bacterial infections.
An Official American Thoracic Society/European Society of Intensive Care Medicine/Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline: Mechanical Ventilation in Adult Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome For all patients with ARDS, the recommendation is strong for mechanical ventilation using lower tidal volumes (4–8 ml/kg predicted body weight) and lower inspiratory pressures (plateau pressure , 30 cm H2O) (moderate confidence in effect estimates). For patients with severe ARDS, the recommendation is strong for prone positioning for more than 12 h/d (moderate confidence in effect estimates). For patients with moderate or severeARDS, the recommendation is strong against routine use of high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (high confidence in effect estimates) and conditional for higher positive end-expiratory pressure (moderate confidence in effect estimates) and recruitment maneuvers (low confidence in effect estimates). Additional evidence is necessary to make a definitive recommendation for or against the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in patients with severe ARDS.
Noninvasive Ventilation in Acute Hypoxemic Nonhypercapnic Respiratory Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Noninvasive ventilation decreased endotracheal intubation rates and hospital mortality in acute hypoxemia nonhypercapnic respiratory failure excluding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation and cardiogenic pulmonary edema patients. There is no sufficient scientific evidence to recommend bilevel positive airway pressure or helmet due to the limited number of trials available.
Precision Diagnosis and Treatment for Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer Lung cancer remains one of the most frequent and most deadly tumor entities.The correlation between smoking status and mortality from lung cancer has been confirmed, and a decrease in mortality after cessation of tobacco. Although direct or environmental exposure to tobacco smoke is the predominant risk factor, inhalation of carcinogens through marijuana or hookah use also contributes to the risk of lung cancer. Additional risk factors include exposures to radon, asbestos, diesel exhaust, and ionizing radiation. Increasing evidence suggests a correlation between lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease that is independent of tobacco use and is probably mediated by genetic susceptibility. Lung cancer in patients who have never smoked, accounting for approximately one quarter of all cases of lung cancer in the United States, has attracted growing interest because of treatable oncogenic alterations and the opportunity for individualized treatment.
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