Men hospitalized for pneumonia more likely to die than are women

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 9, 2008

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Men admitted for community-acquired pneumonia receive more aggressive treatment than women but are more severely ill upon presentation and more likely to die within a year, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society's international conference last month in Toronto.

Researchers recruited 1,136 men and 1,047 women receiving care in 28 hospitals. Women tended to have symptoms longer before admission and were more likely to already have taken a course of antibiotics. Men had a greater number of comorbidities and were more likely to be admitted directly to the intensive care unit.

The authors adjusted their data for many factors and believe that this gender divide may be the result of immune system differences.

"It is well know that women live longer than men. We have always assumed that these differences occur because men engage in riskier behaviors and have a greater burden of chronic diseases. ... Our findings indicate this may be linked to differences in immune response," said Sachin Yende, MD, one of the authors and assistant professor in the department of critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn