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The risk of congenital malformation is moderately elevated in pregnant mothers with increased exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a new study suggests, adding that 1 month before and after conception is the most susceptible period.
Tristan Manalac, Yesterday
Traffic air pollution exerts a negative effect on foetal development, suggests a new study which shows that long term exposure of pregnant mothers to pollutants, such as particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, leads to higher risks of low birth weight (LBW) at term.
2 days ago
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 December 2017 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Tristan Manalac, 3 days ago
Among males but not females, the risk of new-onset peripheral vestibular disorder (PVD) is strongly associated with a smoking history of ≥30 pack-years, a new retrospective cohort study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 3 days ago
A systematic review and meta-analysis reveals that trials on prenatal vitamin D supplementation are being published at an accelerating pace but are generally of low quality, small and rarely designed to examine clinical outcomes.
Elaine Soliven, 09 Dec 2017
The use of indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) may reduce exacerbation risk in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the DACCORD* study presented at APSR 2017.
08 Dec 2017
Adults born very preterm, whether with or without bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), appear to have anatomically smaller airways compared with their counterparts who were born full-term, a recent study suggests.
Special Reports
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Genetic testing has changed the landscape of lung cancer and every patient needs to undergo testing, says a specialist.

04 Oct 2017
At the Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Congress 2017 held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Associate Professor Pang spoke on the importance of influenza vaccination in patients with chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer, highlighting the benefit of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing a wider spectrum of protection against influenza types A and B.
07 Aug 2017
Persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of influenza-associated hospitalization.
04 Aug 2017
Tiotropium/olodaterol (Spiolto® Respimat®, Boehringer Inghelheim) is the latest dual bronchodilator therapy available in Malaysia for COPD. 
04 Aug 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of global mortality, with experts predicting a potential future rise in the prevalence rates of COPD. 
25 Jul 2017
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common global health problem that poses a significant impact on the quality of life and productivity of affected patients. At the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Summit 2017 held recently at  Hilton Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Associate Professor Marysia P Tiongco-Recto was invited by A. Menarini to deliver a lecture on the potential of modern second-generation antihistamines, particularly bilastine (Bilaxten®) in the management of AR.
Dr. Alexander Drilon, 19 Jul 2017
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).
Conference Reports
Elaine Soliven, 09 Dec 2017
The use of indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) may reduce exacerbation risk in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the DACCORD* study presented at APSR 2017.
Pearl Toh, 06 Dec 2017
Chest drain with fibrinolytics is as good as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the management of childhood empyema, with fibrinolytics being a cheaper option than VATS, according to a presentation at the APSR 2017 Congress.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 05 Dec 2017

Being diagnosed or treated for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) has little impact on the survival outcomes of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a study presented as a poster at APSR 2017.

Elvira Manzano, 05 Dec 2017
Switching from salmeterol/fluticasone (SFC) to indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) improved lung function in patients with symptomatic, moderate-to-severe, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with a tolerability profile similar to SFC, the multicentre, double-blind, double-dummy, parallel-group phase IV FLASH study has shown.
05 Dec 2017
Podcast: Dr Adrian Chan speaks on CPET in the evaluation of dyspnoea
05 Dec 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the Congress of Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2017)
Roshini Claire Anthony, 04 Dec 2017

Individuals who have undergone gastrectomy for stomach cancer may have an added risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), according to a study from South Korea. However, this elevated risk does not appear to extend to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease.

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