Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer, and certain types of lymphoma. A common presenting complaint among all these H. pylori-related illnesses is dyspepsia. Dr Desmond Wai from the Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, speaks on the important role general practitioners (GPs) play in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating H. pylori.
A 73-year-old man presented with 1 week’s history of progressive epigastric pain. The pain was dull in nature and the patient reported no vomiting or radiation of pain. On presentation, the patient was found to have a low-grade fever (temperature, 37.8°C). There was no tea-coloured urine. The patient had enjoyed good past health except for a previous surgery for spinal injury.
This is the case of a 77-year-old man with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In September 2015, he was admitted to a regional hospital in Hong Kong due to fever and shortness of breath, and was diagnosed with pneumonia, the fourth episode in his life.
Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus and borne by the Aedes mosquito. The virus causes flu-like symptoms that generally resolve on their own with supportive care but severe cases require further management and possibly hospitalization. Primary care doctors are frequently the first point of contact for people with dengue fever. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Jenny Low, a senior consultant in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Singapore General Hospital, about what they can do for affected patients.
I am writing this seated at Gate 8 of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport in clear view of MH148, the plane I’m about to board to Kuala Lumpur, thinking about the past 6 days and the friends I’ve met from all over the world, the sorrow that started off the 20th International AIDS Conference, and the steely determination and vigor that it ended with.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease which poses a major public health concern. It is caused by infection of red blood cells with protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium. It remains an important public health concern in countries where transmission occurs regularly. In 2006, the WHO estimated that 3.3 billion people in 109 countries were at risk of malaria infection.1 The total number of cases of malaria worldwide in 2008 was estimated to be 243 million cases.1 In Malaysia, the number of malaria patients has reduced gradually from 50,500 cases in 1990 to around 7,390 cases in 2008.2
Peak nasal inspiratory flow is as favourable as formal rhinomanometry as a marker of objective nasal patency but is cheaper, simpler, and more appropriate for serial measurements and home use according to a review.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 15 – 30 June 2015 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.