Urgent Updates | May 4

Increased Risk of Complications Found in Patients With RSV

Patients with comorbid respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection who already have respiratory failure have a higher risk of disease complications. However, the 28-day mortality for patients with respiratory failure was the same regardless of RSV infection. Full Access: Frontiers in Medicine


Poverty Is a Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Researchers used several large databases to estimate risk for death and number of deaths associated with poverty Current poverty is associated with 42% excess risk for death. Cumulative poverty (i.e., 10 continuous years of poverty) is associated with 71% excess risk for death. Full Access: JAMA


2023 GOLD Guidelines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

GOLD now has updated its last comprehensive executive summary. New definitions of both COPD and COPD exacerbation, with the former designed to more inclusive and the latter to be more functional for clinicians. The most substantial changes to therapy are creating the “E category, more emphasis on LABA + LAMA combination treatment for most patients, and minimizing use of ICS. Full Access: NEJM


Strep Throat Infections Up 30% From 2017 Peak After Pandemic Drop

The U.S. records several million cases of noninvasive group A strep per year, but just around 14,000 to 25,000 invasive infections. Between 1,500 and 2,300 people die of the invasive cases every year. In February 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted an increase in group A Streptococcus, or strep, infections, particularly in children. Researchers identified 3.3 million strep throat infections across 982.3 million encounters from January 1, 2017, to February 28, 2023.  Full Access: Epic Research