Treatment with corticosteroids (CS) plus intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVCY) for a first episode of idiopathic acute exacerbation (AE) does not significantly improve short-term survival as compared with CS monotherapy in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a study has found.
Prolonged mechanical ventilation (MV) increases the risk of extubation failure in ICU patients, according to a recent Singapore study. Other independent risk factors include advanced age, high respiratory rate and low arterial pH.
The University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Physicians, London (RCP) and the Sunway Group have launched a collaborative continuing medical education (CME) seminar series for Malaysian healthcare professionals.
Having supportive family relationships may help youth maintain good asthma management behaviours despite difficult neighbourhood conditions--thus serving as a buffer against poor asthma outcomes associated with living in disorderly neighbourhoods, a recent study finds.
The cut-off value of the STOP-BANG, a simple screening tool for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), for neck circumference can be maintained at 40 cm in Asian males but should be lowered to 35 cm in Asian females, according to a Singapore study.
A recently published analysis of the world’s largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) of lung cancer among female never-smokers found a set of tuberculosis (TB)-related genes associated with lung adenocarcinoma in Asian women.
Using point-of-care testing (POCT) of C-reactive protein (CRP) to guide antibiotic prescribing in primary care clinics led to reduced antibiotic use for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) without compromising clinical outcomes, the PACE* study finds.
In addition to the known evils of maternal smoking during pregnancy on the sons' semen quality, prenatal exposure to paternal smoking can also be harmful, according to data from the large Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) presented at the ESHRE 2019 Meeting.
Due to the apparent risk of adverse outcomes of disease and adverse events (AEs) associated with short-acting beta-agonists (SABA), the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2019 guideline recommends that all patients with mild asthma should receive symptom-driven or regular low-dose inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)−containing controller treatment.