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Oral microbial profiles differ with varying pneumonia risk

from Medscape Medical News

The mix of oral bacteria differs in individuals with different risks for pneumonia, Samit Joshi, DO, MPH, a fellow in infectious diseases at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, reported at the Infectious Diseases Society of America 49th Annual Meeting. In a prospective study, Joshi and his team found that the oral microbial profiles are different between community-dwelling adults and adults at higher risk for pneumonia, and that intubated patients who developed pneumonia had profiles that were distinct from those who did not develop it. more

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