Osteoporosis is a progressive, systemic skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue leading to increased bone fragility and susceptibility to fractures.
The more risk factors (eg history of fracture, advanced age, comorbidities, etc) that are present, the greater the risk of fracture.
Very low thoracic bone mineral density (BMD) measured on cardiac CT scan is predictive of a higher fracture risk, especially osteoporosis-related fracture — thus highlighting the potential utility of cardiac CT for opportunistic BMD screening.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who initiate treatment with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) may have an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a matched cohort study.
High exposure to triclosan, an antibacterial agent commonly found in consumer products, is associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) and an increased risk of osteoporosis among women, suggests epidemiological data from the NHANES*.
Postmenopausal women who are younger, have higher levels of the bone turnover marker sCTX, and did not receive zoledronate prior to initiating denosumab treatment have an elevated risk of significant bone mineral density (BMD) loss 1 year after denosumab discontinuation, according to results of the ReoLaus* Bone Project presented at EULAR 2019.
Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Dr. Tan Thuan Tong, Dr. Andrea Kwa,
08 Jan 2021
Antimicrobial resistance has become increasingly dire as the rapid emergence of drug resistance, especially gram-negative pathogens, has outpaced the development of new antibiotics. At a recent virtual symposium, Dr Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean (Global Health) and Programme Leader (Infectious Diseases), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, presented epidemiological data on multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Asia, while Dr Tan Thuan Tong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), focused on the role of ceftazidime-avibactam in MDR GNB infections. Dr Andrea Kwa, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Pharmacy, SGH, joined the panel in an interactive fireside chat, to discuss challenges, practical considerations, and solutions in MDR gram-negative infections. This Pfizer-sponsored symposium was chaired by Dr Ng Shin Yi, Head and Senior Consultant of Surgical Intensive Care, SGH.