Five-day COPD treatment quells flare-ups, reduces side effects, researchers find


Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flare-ups do better with a shorter round of prednisone, researchers have found.

Three risk factors could help uncover C. diff. carriers, researchers say


Long-term care providers might want to pay special attention to residents with certain recently identified risk factors for Clostridium difficile. These factors are chronic dialysis, recent hospitalization and use of corticosteroids such as prednisone.