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Dr Michael Lim, consultant of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonary and Sleep in National University Hospital, Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing paediatric asthma in the primary care setting.
Pearl Toh, Yesterday
Combining the monoclonal antibody targeting PD-L1 atezolizumab and the antiangiogenic biologic bevacizumab with a chemotherapy of carboplatin + paclitaxel (CP) for treating non-squamous metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) leads to significant improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) compared with bevacizumab + CP as first-line treatment, according to the IMpower150* trial presented at the ESMO Immuno Oncology Congress 2017.
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Respiratory infections potentially play a role in precipitating acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with a recent study showing that the incidence of admissions for AMI is high during the week following laboratory confirmation of influenza infection.
3 days ago
Plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) threshold of 340 pg/mL appears to strongly predict survival up to 5 years in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a study suggests.
13 Feb 2018
Decreased serum vitamin D levels appear to confer an increased risk of asthma, bronchitis, wheeze and chest tightness, a study reports. Conversely, increased vitamin D levels are associated with higher levels of lung function.
Audrey Abella, 08 Feb 2018
Better clinical efficacy was observed among cancer patients with postoperative hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) who received prolonged infusion of the mixed preparation of the broad-spectrum β-lactamase inhibitor tazobactam and β-lactam antibiotic piperacillin (TZP) compared with those who received the traditional regimen, according to a study.

06 Feb 2018
In healthy young males, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) acutely reduces augmentation index, left ventricular workload and heart rate, a recent study has shown.
Special Reports
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.

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.
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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