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Gram stain not accurate for assessing ventilator-associated pneumonia

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is suspected, the absence of Gram staining on a respiratory specimen reliably rules out the diagnosis. On the other hand, a positive Gram stain has a low predictive value for VAP and correlates only moderately with organisms recovered...

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Biomass smoke exposure worsens lung function

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smoke from organic matter used as fuel – known as biomass smoke -- worsens lung function in young adults, researchers from UK report in the May 3rd online European Respiratory Journal. At least one earlier study linked biomass smoke exposure to emphysema and related lung...

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Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist reduces patient-ventilator asynchrony

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) reduces patient-ventilator asynchrony without compromising gas exchange in patients with acute respiratory failure undergoing noninvasive ventilation (NIV), researchers from France report in the May 31st online issue of...