Prescribing antibiotics despite no indication of infection to patients hospitalized with asthma was associated with longer hospital stay, a higher risk of antibiotic-related diarrhoea, and elevated hospitalization costs, according to a study presented at the recent American Thoracic Society conference (ATS 2018).
The notion that overweight patients with COPD* seems to have a reduced risk of mortality vs those who are of normal weight, or that fat alters outcomes in obese patients – a phenomenon called “obesity paradox” – does not hold true if BMI is >40 kg/m2, a study has shown.
Dupilumab, the fully human anti-interleukin-4 receptor α monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, appeared to improve lung function, reduce exacerbations, and decrease oral corticosteroid use in individuals with moderate-to-severe asthma, according to two phase III trials presented at ATS 2018.
De-escalating treatment from triple therapy (LABA*/LAMA**/inhaled corticosteroid [ICS]) to dual bronchodilator therapy (indacaterol/glycopyrronium) did not increase exacerbation rate, though there was a minor decrease in lung function in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with infrequent exacerbations, according to results of the SUNSET*** trial presented at the recent American Thoracic Society conference (ATS 2018).
Frequent use of antibiotics during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of childhood asthma, with the risk varies by timing and number of antibiotic courses used during pregnancy, according to a study presented at ATS 2018.
The humanized monoclonal antibody mepolizumab reduces the rates of clinically significant exacerbations in patients with an overlapping eosinophilic and atopic severe asthma phenotype, regardless of serum IgE levels or whether they qualify for omalizumab, according to a meta-analysis of randomized trials presented in ATS 2018.
The combination of the inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) budesonide and the LABA* formoterol administered on an as-needed (PRN) basis was superior to monotherapy with the SABA** terbutaline for symptom control and exacerbation risk reduction in patients with mild asthma, according to SYGMA 1*** results presented at ATS 2018.
Macrolide antibiotics are derived from the Streptomycesspecies. These contain either 14-membered (erythromycin [ERM],clarithromycin [CAM], roxithromycin [RXM]), 15-membered(azithromycin [AZM]) or 16-membered (spiramycin, josamycin,midecamycin) macrocyclic lactone rings. They inhibit proteinsynthesis by reversibly binding to the 23S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)in the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome. Traditionally,macrolides are used as first-line agents in respiratory, skin,soft tissue, and urogenital infections, and they are also activeagainst gram-positive cocci and atypical pathogens.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remains as one of the world’s leading causes of mortality in global public health. Dr Charles Hicks shared his insights into the increasing role of dolutegravir (DTG; Tivicay, GSK) – an integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) – in HIV therapy during the 4th National AIDS Conference 2018 at Swiss Garden International Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur.
Cryptococcosis is more common in nonhuman immunodeficiency virus (HIV) nontransplant (NHNT) patients, and this population tends to have more localized pulmonary cryptococcosis and significantly higher 90-day mortality, reports a study.