Smoking, Respiratory Issues, Older Age Raise Hospital Costs, Chinese Study Finds

Smoking, Respiratory Issues, Older Age Raise Hospital Costs, Chinese Study Finds
Older age, smoking, and having other respiratory symptoms and conditions increase the hospitalization costs of people with bronchiectasis, a large Chinese study says. The findings also suggest that avoiding overuse of antibiotics may help lower hospital expenses in this patient population. Titled “Clinical features related to hospital expenses for non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis in China,” the study was published in the Journal of International Medical Research Bronchiectasis is characterized by a permanent widening of the airways of the lung, which can be caused by congenital conditions such as cystic fibrosis (CF), or can be acquired. Non-CF bronchiectasis is associated with recurrent exacerbations, persistent airway inflammation, and chronic lung infections. The causes and characteristics of bronchiectasis have been the focus of many previous studies. However, the economic burden associated with the irreversible and progressive condition is not well-known. Now, researchers have conducted a study to inv
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