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May 2015 Briefing – Pulmonology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pulmonology for May 2015. This roundup includes the latest...
For U.S. veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

Sleep Apnea Risk Found to Rise With PTSD Severity in Veterans

Researcher suggests OSA screening for vets presenting for PTSD treatment
Low physician spending is contributing to an overall slowing of health care costs

AMA: Physicians Driving the Slowing of Health Care Costs

Physicians' spending grew more slowly over 2003 to 2013 than hospital and clinical spending
Rapamune (sirolimus) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat lymphangioleiomyomatosis

FDA Approves Rapamune for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Rare, progressive lung disease affects mostly women of child-bearing age
An immune checkpoint inhibitor

ASCO: PD-1 Immunotherapy Benefits Patients With NSCLC

Fewer side effects, longer survival for nivolumab versus docetaxel
Between 1990 and 2013

14.9 Million New Cancer Cases Worldwide in 2013

Cancer is now second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease
In the United States

U.S. Organ Donation Rates Highest in Midwest

While whites more likely to donate, report found race not the only driving factor
Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthma patients breathe easier

Soy Supplements Deemed Ineffective in Asthma Care

Clinical trial refutes prior notion that the nutrient might boost lung function
Caution should be exercised with use of electronic health record documentation short cuts

Caution Urged When Using EHR Shortcut Features

Information should be checked and updated to avoid cloning and up-coding
For patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

Many Incidental Findings From CT Angiography for Suspected PE

Value of incidental diagnoses unclear