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Roshini Claire Anthony, Yesterday

Use of the blood infection biomarker procalcitonin as a guide to prescribing antibiotics led to lower antibiotic exposure and side effects, as well as a lower mortality rate in individuals with acute respiratory infections, based on findings of a meta-analysis.

2 days ago
Severity of malignancy, preoperative serum albumin concentration, intraoperative blood loss and duration of operation, among other factors, predict postoperative pneumonia (POP) development following major oral cancer (OC) surgery, a recent study has found.
Pearl Toh, 5 days ago
Nearly half of food allergies observed in adults started appearing in adulthood, in contrast to common belief that most food allergies started in childhood, according to a US population-based survey presented at the ACAAI Annual Meeting 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, US.
6 days ago
Active and passive smoking are associated with atopic dermatitis, a new study from Korea reveals.
Pearl Toh, 11 Nov 2017
Asian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are more likely to have tuberculosis (TB) than individuals without SLE, indicating SLE as a predictor of TB, a study shows.
10 Nov 2017
Current tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) is not related to airflow obstruction in school-aged children, a study suggests. On the other hand, an association exists between prenatal TSE and airflow obstruction in asthmatic children.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 10 Nov 2017
In paediatric patients with asthma, viral infection has minimal effect on measures of acute severity and clinical recovery, a study has found. Meanwhile, the risk of asthma relapse is elevated in the presence of atopy.
Special Reports
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).
13 Jun 2017
The common cold is one of the most widespread illness and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. While many may see it as merely a harmless inconvenience, the significant repercussions it brings, especially among children cannot be denied. MIMS JPOG recently spoke to Associate Professor Datin Dr Asmiati Abd Hamid to gain her perspectives on the role of zinc and vitamin C in treating paediatric common cold to reduce morbidity and economic losses attributed to the condition.
Conference Reports
Rachel Soon, 30 Oct 2017

Integrating robust smoking cessation programs with organized low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening may decrease mortality rates while being relatively cost-effective, according to a modelling study.

Rachel Soon, 30 Oct 2017

Customizing chemotherapy (CT) treatment based on BRCA1 expression levels of post-operative patients with stage II/III non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) does not affect overall survival (OS) versus standard treatment, say researchers.

Rachel Soon, 30 Oct 2017

On-the-ground education focused on changing knowledge, beliefs and attitudes towards cancer may be key to reducing disproportionately high mortality rates among underserved minority communities, say researchers.

Saras Ramiya, 30 Oct 2017

UK researchers confirm the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)’s proposed criteria for uncertain resection margin status, R(un), in residual tumour classification.

30 Oct 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC)
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 30 Oct 2017

The introduction of heat-not-burn cigarettes may lead to dramatic changes in lung cancer incidences and types of lung cancers, says an expert.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 30 Oct 2017

Combination therapy for programmed death-1 (PD-1) blockade using mitochondrial activators, especially peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma co-activator 1 alpha (PGC-1α), may be the next focus of cancer research, says an expert.

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