Representatives from five Asian countries shared local experiences and current protocols for pharmacotherapy in treating patients with COVID-19 at a recent Asian Young Pharmacists' Group (AYPG) webinar.
The coronavirus has been spreading at a frantic pace, isolating families and snuffing out lives. As hunger and emotional contagion grip the nations, the hope of a containment also dims. No one has seen this enemy coming – the world has underestimated COVID-19.
Dr Dariusz P. Olszyna, a senior consultant at the Division of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the importance of early detection to prevent the spread and complications related to sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
How does it feel to be told one has contracted HIV? How equipped are doctors when breaking the news to a patient that he or she has been diagnosed with HIV? Are we able to provide people living with HIV (PLHIV) the counselling and skills required to take them through this difficult period of life? MIMS Doctor speaks to Dr Julian Hong, a general physician practicing in Singapore, about the challenges faced by both patients and doctors when faced with the difficult topic of HIV.
Assoc Prof Philip Eng, senior consultant respiratory physician at Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing pneumonia in the primary care setting.
Dr Michael Lim, a senior consultant at the Paediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Division, National University Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the rare disease that is cystic fibrosis.
Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are frequently defined as bacteria with resistance to three or more classes of antimicrobials. Common examples include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)–producing Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). The challenges of managing these infections are illustrated in the following two cases.
At the recent 4th National Aids Conference, Dr Charles Hicks, Senior Global Medical Director, ViiV Healthcare, US, spoke about the evolution of HIV care and how future advancements will impact the lives of persons living with HIV. Hicks, who is only recently joined ViiV Healthcare, said the cure for HIV is still likely far in the future. In the meantime, the only option is antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, despite the absence of a cure, the outlook for patients living with HIV has improved by leaps and bounds since the first antiretroviral zidovudine (AZT) was released.
Dr Indumathi Venkatachalam, a consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on how GPs can help ensure early detection of tuberculosis (TB).
A wristwatch-like device that monitors pulse, breathing and blood oxygen levels of the user allows physicians to provide care remotely both in hospital and nontraditional settings, and may help in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The use of a vaginal cleansing intervention prior to Caesarean delivery reduced the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a study presented at ACOG 2020. However, the addition of intravenous (IV) azithromycin prophylaxis had no added impact on SSI rates.
Persons suffering from asthma should pay particular attention to SARS-CoV-2 precautionary measures such as social distancing, regular handwashing, and wearing of masks on top of keeping their asthma in control. This is because data collected so far paints a bleaker picture for asthmatics than the normal population should they catch COVID-19.
Herd immunity will not work in the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to an infectious disease expert who addressed over 3,600 primary care physicians (PCP) from Asia Pacific at the inaugural webcast of the MIMS COVID Conversations Series.