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Smoking intensity is associated with mortality from genitourinary malignancies, according to a nationally representative study. Moreover, the risk of death from bladder and kidney cancers is significantly higher among individuals who started smoking at a younger age and those who smoke at home.
3 days ago
An association exists between body composition phenotypes and physical function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with sarcopaenic-obese (SO) patients being the most impaired, a study has shown.
Pearl Toh, 12 Nov 2019
The LAMA* aclidinium bromide was similarly effective in reducing exacerbation rate without raising the risk of MACE** or all-cause mortality regardless of recent history of exacerbations in patients with moderate-to-very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a subgroup analysis of the phase IV ASCENT-COPD*** trial presented at the CHEST 2019 Annual Meeting.
09 Nov 2019
Drinking soft drinks may be linked to asthma in adults and wheeze in children, according to a meta-analysis. Furthermore, prenatal maternal consumption of the drink can promote the development of inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs in the offspring.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Nov 2019

The lung damage acquired from smoking persists years after smoking cessation, with a faster decline in lung function in former smokers compared with never-smokers, according to a recent US-based study.

06 Nov 2019
Lung cancer patients suffer from stigma, which compromises their self-esteem and self-efficacy, according to a recent China study.
Pearl Toh, 05 Nov 2019
The efficacy and safety of immunotherapy for treating non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) does not appear to be compromised with old age, suggests a retrospective study.
Special Reports
01 Nov 2018
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.
02 Aug 2018
At a dinner symposium at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dato’ Prepageran Narayanan presented the data concerning allergic rhinitis (AR) in Malaysia, and he discussed the role of intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) in managing AR.
Prof. Giuseppe Mancia, Prof. Jong-Won Ha, Prof. Lin Jiunn-Lee, 11 Jul 2018
Hypertension guidelines differ in their recommendation to use beta-blockers as first-line agents. At a Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, Professor Giuseppe Mancia from the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy and Professor Jong-Won Ha from the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea discussed the rationale behind these recommendations, and reviewed the role of beta-blockers in hypertension management, particularly the role of vasodilatory beta-blocker nebivolol (Nebilet®, Menarini). Professor Lin Jiunn-Lee, APSC 2018 chairman and president of the Taiwan Society of Cardiology, chaired the symposium.
01 Jul 2018
Airway diseases – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obstructive sleep apnoea – have a significant impact on one’s health, quality of life and daily functioning. This article discusses how technological advancements in non-invasive ventilation and home sleep testing systems help to improve patient care and outcomes.
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.
Conference Reports
Audrey Abella, 22 Oct 2019
Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) provided sustained improvements in patients with severe asthma, according to the results of the BT10+* study presented at ERS 2019.
Pearl Toh, 17 Oct 2019
As-needed budesonide–formoterol (ICS* + LABA**) reliever therapy was more effective than maintenance low-dose budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline (maintenance ICS + as-needed SABA***) for preventing severe exacerbations in patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, according to the PRACTICAL study presented at ERS 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Oct 2019

Antibiotic prophylaxis with azithromycin in individuals with primary antibody deficiencies (PAD) may lead to a reduced risk of respiratory exacerbations, according to a phase II trial presented at ERS 2019.

Stephen Padilla, 16 Oct 2019
Treatment without antibiotic medication does not appear to be inferior to moxifloxacin therapy as regards treatment failure or length of stay (LOS) among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requiring hospitalization for nonpurulent exacerbation, according to the results of a study presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2019.
Pearl Toh, 14 Oct 2019
About one-third of patients with severe asthma who are on high-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are also receiving excessive doses of oral corticosteroids (OCS), reveals a study presented at the ERS 2019 Meeting.
Audrey Abella, 14 Oct 2019
Use of the Zephyr endobronchial valve (EBV) led to significant improvements in a range of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) including multiple domains of respiratory symptoms and quality of life (QoL) in patients with severe emphysema, according to the post hoc results of the LIBERATE* trial presented at ERS 2019.
14 Oct 2019
Dr Helene Kobbernagel expounds on the role of azithromycin in primary ciliary dyskinesia in the BESTCILIA trial.
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