Assoc Prof Philip Eng, senior consultant respiratory physician at Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing pneumonia in the primary care setting.
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.
The overall health and process outcomes in asthma appear to have improved in a public primary healthcare institution in Singapore, owing to the adoption of Chronic Care Model (CCM)—a multifaceted model of care aimed at making patients healthier and healthcare providers more satisfied and reducing cost savings, as reported in a recent study.
Long-term treatment with the interleukin-5
receptor alpha-directed cytolytic monoclonal antibody benralizumab led to long-term control of asthma, improvement in pulmonary function, and was safe in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma in the 2-year integrated analysis of the SIROCCO, CALIMA, and ZONDA pivotal studies plus the BORA extension study reported at ATS 2019.
Since the advent of immunotherapy, a more than three-fold increase in median overall survival (OS) has been seen in lung cancer patients over the past 10 years, according to data presented at the Advances in Medicine 2019 conference organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Severely obese children, even in the absence of medical comorbidities, are at higher risk of perioperative respiratory-airway adverse events (AEs) even during anaesthesia for minor nonairway surgery, according to a Singapore study.
Use of the novel application (app) CureApp Smoking Cessation (CASC) results in a significantly higher continuous abstinence rate (CAR) from weeks 9 to 24 compared to the control app, making it a promising tool for smoking cessation treatment, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 International Conference.