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How long will it take to wean a patient requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation once a tracheostomy is placed? Clinicians may soon be able to better answer that question by using a score based on ventilator settings the day after tracheostomy placement, according to a study in the American Journal of . . .

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends the creation of a health monitoring and research program to help determine if the descendants of Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans are at risk for health effects resulting from the service members’ exposure to toxicants . . .

According to a study in Scientific Reports, growing up with dogs is linked to a lower risk of asthma, especially if the dogs are female, but there is found no relation between “allergy friendly” breeds and a lower risk of asthma.

Read more via Karolinska Institute . . .

A study in PLOS One reports that readmission rates for six major conditions, including acute MI and total hip/total knee arthroplasty, is higher in for-profit hospitals than in government and non-profit hospitals.

Read more via PLOS One . . .

Nurses frequently say they don’t get enough sleep, and now a study in Nature Communications reports that sleep loss leads to social isolation, which in turn can result in loneliness.

Read more via Berkeley News and access the study via Nature Communications . . .

Childhood secondhand smoke exposure and adult secondhand smoke exposure increase the risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adulthood, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Read more via American Journal of Preventive Medicine . . .

It may not be too late for HPV vaccination for girls who missed the recommended window. Catch-up quadrivalent HPV vaccination with three doses is effective against cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2 and CIN3 in girls and women aged 14–20 years at time of first vaccine dose but not . . .

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