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Roshini Claire Anthony, 4 days ago

Children who undergo adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, or both (adenotonsillectomy) within the first 9 years of life may have an elevated long-term risk of respiratory, allergic, or infectious diseases, results from a Denmark-based study show.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 Jun 2018

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic hypoxemic respiratory failure experienced fewer exacerbations and symptoms when treated with humidified high-flow therapy via a nasal cannula (HFNC) in addition to long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) compared with those treated with LTOT alone, according to a study from Denmark.

10 Jun 2018
Treatment with rituximab (RTX) is well tolerated and leads to stability or improvement in pulmonary function or severity of interstitial lung disease (ILD) on computed tomography (CT) in most patients, a recent study has shown.
09 Jun 2018
A nationwide study has shown complex use patterns of long-acting beta2‐agonists (LABAs), long‐acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs) and inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Often, such patterns do not comply with treatment guidelines.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Jun 2018

Prescribing antibiotics despite no indication of infection to patients hospitalized with asthma was associated with longer hospital stay, a higher risk of antibiotic-related diarrhoea, and elevated hospitalization costs, according to a study presented at the recent American Thoracic Society conference (ATS 2018).

Pearl Toh, 06 Jun 2018
A combined triple therapy comprising fluticasone furoate (an ICS*), umeclidinium (a LAMA**), and vilanterol (a LABA***) in a single inhaler significantly lowers the rate of moderate or severe exacerbations compared with dual therapies of either ICS-LABA or LAMA-LABA in patients with symptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a history of exacerbations, the IMPACT# study shows.
Elaine Soliven, 06 Jun 2018
Women with endometriosis may have a higher risk of asthma compared with women without endometriosis, according to a study presented at ATS 2018.
Special Reports
01 May 2018
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22 Jan 2018
During the recent 2017 Engelhard-Delfi Conference, organized by Delfi Marketing Sdn Bhd, three renowned speakers shared their insights into paediatric respiratory medicine.
22 Jan 2018
Literature suggests that IPF is either the first or second most common interstitial lung disease (ILD) in pulmonology practice, with prevalence ranging from 17–86%. At the recent 3rd Respiratory Forum organized by Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr Felix Chua shared his insights into the importance of advancing the treatment paradigm of IPF, and the role of nintedanib (OFEV®) in its management.
05 Jan 2018
At a recent dinner symposium at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Dr Omar Usmani discussed the importance of inhaler devices in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
27 Dec 2017
The prevalence of allergic diseases in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to rise over the next 20 years, driven by rapid economic development and urbanization. Allergic diseases have high socioeconomic impact by impairing productivity and quality of life, and the impact may be greater in Asia-Pacific than in Europe due to the presence and predominance of perennial allergens.
18 Dec 2017
At a GlaxoSmithKline-sponsored symposium during the Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Congress 2017, Dr Celeste Mae Lardizabal-Campomanes presented on three key strategies of optimizing asthma treatment.
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.

Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Jun 2018

Prescribing antibiotics despite no indication of infection to patients hospitalized with asthma was associated with longer hospital stay, a higher risk of antibiotic-related diarrhoea, and elevated hospitalization costs, according to a study presented at the recent American Thoracic Society conference (ATS 2018).

Elaine Soliven, 06 Jun 2018
Women with endometriosis may have a higher risk of asthma compared with women without endometriosis, according to a study presented at ATS 2018.
Elvira Manzano, 05 Jun 2018
The notion that overweight patients with COPD* seems to have a reduced risk of mortality vs those who are of normal weight, or that fat alters outcomes in obese patients – a phenomenon called “obesity paradox” – does not hold true if BMI is >40 kg/m2, a study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 04 Jun 2018

Dupilumab, the fully human anti-interleukin-4 receptor α monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, appeared to improve lung function, reduce exacerbations, and decrease oral corticosteroid use in individuals with moderate-to-severe asthma, according to two phase III trials presented at ATS 2018.

Audrey Abella, 04 Jun 2018
Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant women who smoke resulted in improved forced expiratory flow (FEF*) in their newborns at 3 and 12 months, according to data presented at ATS 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 02 Jun 2018

De-escalating treatment from triple therapy (LABA*/LAMA**/inhaled corticosteroid [ICS]) to dual bronchodilator therapy (indacaterol/glycopyrronium) did not increase exacerbation rate, though there was a minor decrease in lung function in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with infrequent exacerbations, according to results of the SUNSET*** trial presented at the recent American Thoracic Society conference (ATS 2018).

Elaine Soliven, 02 Jun 2018
Severity of childhood asthma decreases towards adolescence, with equal trends for both males and females, according to a study presented at ATS 2018.
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