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Time to revisit the oxygen saturation cut point for pneumonia hospitalization?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with pneumonia and blood oxygen saturation less than 90% are usually hospitalized. Yet, results of new study suggest that the threshold for hospitalization should be raised to less than 92%. “Our results suggest that a cut off of 92% for sending people home is much...

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First-in-class antibiotic has high risk of adverse events and death

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis of relevant studies encourage clinicians to exercise good judgment in using the injectable antibiotic tigecycline due to an increased risk of adverse events and death. Tigecycline (Tygacil; Wyeth Pharmaceuticals) is an...

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Type of statins given to HIV-infected people should be reconsidered: study

Rosuvastatin should be considered for HIV-positive people with dyslipidemia — and guidelines should be updated to reflect that, suggests a new study. Although guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group recommend pravastatin or atorvastatin for these...