With the dramatic evolution of sequencing technology and emergence of effective targeted therapies, using a comprehensive molecular approach to guide treatment decisions is becoming more accessible and applicable in the clinic. At the recent Foundation Medicine meeting in Hong Kong, Dr Alexander Drilon, clinical director of the Early Drug Development Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, US, discussed the current landscape and potential benefits of comprehensive molecular profiling in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
The common cold is one of the most widespread illness and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. While many may see it as merely a harmless inconvenience, the significant repercussions it brings, especially among children cannot be denied. MIMS JPOG recently spoke to Associate Professor Datin Dr Asmiati Abd Hamid to gain her perspectives on the role of zinc and vitamin C in treating paediatric common cold to reduce morbidity and economic losses attributed to the condition.
Prof. Ignatius Ou Sai Hong, Dr. James Suh, Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Dr. Amit Verma, 20170514091000
As targeted cancer therapy options are increasing, it is becoming more important to choose the most appropriate treatment for patients with cancer. At a Roche-sponsored symposium held during the 2nd ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore, four experts discussed the potential of comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) for personalizing cancer care and helping healthcare professionals to make the best treatment decisions for individual patients.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a disease marked by scarring and hardening of lung tissues. As a result, the lungs are unable to take in oxygen normally, which leads to lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, causing functional impairment and disability.1 Respiratory medicine experts, Professor Dr Paul W. Noble and Professor Dr Liam Chong Kin recently spoke to MIMS Doctor on IPF diagnosis and treatment. Here are the highlights from the interview.
At the recent Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) workshop in Kuala Lumpur, MIMS Doctor had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with eminent paediatric infectious disease specialist, Associate Professor Tawee Chotpitayasunondh. This article captures the highlights from our conversation with him.
Asthma is a common condition prevalent in all countries of the world. To some it represents a minor, short-lived cough occurring after a viral infection; to others it is an incapacitating disease giving rise not just to morbidity but also premature death. This heterogeneity can lead to a sense of complacency and there is a need for a much improved approach to asthma to reduce unnecessary suffering. MIMS Doctor spoke to Professor Martyn Partridge who outlined a newer, more aggressive approach in asthma management.
The Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) recently organized an influenza workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop saw eminent speakers from seven countries presenting on topics concerning the impact of influenza, vaccination of various populations, current and upcoming treatments for influenza, policy considerations and approaches for pandemic preparedness. Read about highlights from the workshop in this newsletter.
Statins appear to have a dose-dependent association with the risk of tuberculosis (TB), with a nationwide population-based study showing that statin users have 47 percent lower incidence of TB compared with nonusers.
Fixed-dose combinations of long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) and muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) offered superior efficacy and comparable safety to LAMA or LABA/inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), the two most commonly prescribed first-line treatments for stable moderate-to-very-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a meta-analysis.