Good history taking coupled with pattern recognition to identify specific subtypes of dementia, along with prudent use of functional and pathological imaging, are vital in the diagnostic approach for dementia.
A recent study by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) indicates that acupuncture may be effective for treating sleep problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Meanwhile, investigators from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have uncovered a possible explanation for the cognitive impairment experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease.
An end-of-life (EOL) care programme in residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) is shown to markedly reduce rates of accident and emergency department (AED) attendance and hospital admissions, with substantial cost savings.
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An MRI-first diagnostic pathway, combined with risk-tailored screening, is shown to improve the benefit-to-harm profile and cost-effectiveness of screening for prostate cancer (PCa), according to results of a recent lifetable modelling study presented at AACR 2020 Virtual Meeting II.
Flat-dose nivolumab, administered as a 30-minute infusion, is well tolerated and active in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to results of the phase IIIb CheckMate 870 study.
At a median follow-up of 22.9 months, atezolizumab plus carboplatin and etoposide (CP/ET), given as a first-line treatment, continued to demonstrate an improvement in overall survival (OS) vs placebo plus CP/ET in patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC), according to updated results of the IMpower133 trial presented at the American Association for cancer Research (AACR) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting II.
At the recent National Haematology Expert Meeting 2019, a panel of experts was convened to discuss the role of targeted therapy in the management of haematological malignancies. Highlights of their lectures are summarised below.