Portable air filtration systems appear to effectively decrease personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution and systolic blood pressure (SBP) in elderly adults, according to a recent US study.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 November 2018 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
The pneumonia-causing bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), can be spread through nose picking and rubbing after exposure of the hands to the bacteria — in addition to the conventionally known route of inhalation of airborne droplets, a study reveals.
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.
Alectinib shows significantly improved efficacy in terms of progression-free survival (PFS) over crizotinib in the first-line setting, yet again, this time involving Asian patients with ALK+ NSCLC in the ALESIA* study, consistent with previous findings in a global population.
Adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) among older adults with asthma is relatively low at 40.9 percent, according to a study presented at the recently concluded Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress (SHBC) 2018. Perceived illness timeline and medication beliefs correlate with adherence.
Dr Indumathi Venkatachalam, a consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on how GPs can help ensure early detection of tuberculosis (TB).
Age ≥60 years and ≥20 percent of normal lung volume receiving a radiation dose of ≥20 Gy (V20) are significant predictors of radiation pneumonitis (RP) in patients treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for lung cancer, a Chinese study has shown.
Investigators from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK recently demonstrated a significant interaction between volume of identified calcifications and their mean radiotherapy (RT) dose in predicting survival in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).