Dengue patients aged 60 years and above or those with multiple comorbidities particularly diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and asthma, have an elevated risk for severe organ involvement, according to a Singapore study.
There are various ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions which present to the GP’s clinic. Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Jason Hwang, an ENT Consultant from the Department of Otolaryngology at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, on how the majority of the conditions can be effectively managed at the primary care level seeing that these can be treated medically without the need for surgical intervention.
Presence of moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in patients who had acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was associated with more severe diastolic dysfunction, according to a study presented at the EuroEcho-Imaging 2016 Annual Meeting held recently in Leipzig, Germany.
Influenza infection anytime during pregnancy was not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their children, and the initial association with influenza vaccination during the first trimester was insignificant after accounting for multiple comparisons, according to data from the KPNC* cohort.
The experimental Ebola virus vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV shows 100 percent efficacy in protecting against the disease, assessed from day 10 onwards, according to final data from the Ebola ça Suffit!* (which translates to “Ebola that’s enough!”) trial in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Persistent wheeze or childhood asthma may be reduced by fish oil supplementation, particularly n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs), during pregnancy, a recent Danish study found.
Persistence of pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was associated with a higher risk of death after the procedure, according to a study presented at the EuroEcho-Imaging 2016 Annual Meeting held recently in Leipzig, Germany.
High dietary intake of cured meat was associated with worsening asthma symptoms over time, and this effect was slightly mediated by increase in body mass index (BMI), according to data from the EGEA* study.
Mannitol challenge testing for asthma shows relatively low predictive value for the disease and may not be reliable for detecting asthma in the general population, suggesting a need for caution in interpreting the test results in asymptomatic populations, according to the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study.
Nivolumab better preserved health-related quality of life and symptom control than docetaxel in patients with previously treated advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to additional data from the CHECKMATE 057* trial presented at the recent European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2016 Congress (ESMO Asia 2016) held in Singapore.