Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who feel lonely and socially isolated are more likely to visit the emergency department (ED), with their perceived health status being poor, a study has shown.
Radiation heart dosimetric parameters appear to exert neutral effect on overall survival (OS) in nonsmall cell lung cancer patients undergoing postoperative thoracic radiotherapy (PORT), according to a recent Singapore study.
The use of songs as mental metronomes for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is accepted by contemporary guidelines, and the National Day song ‘Count on me Singapore’ (COMS) is not an exception, with a recent study finding it noninferior to standard ‘one-and-two-and-three’ counting (standard CPR) in terms of participants delivering a guideline-compliant rate of chest compression.
Influenza burden in Singapore has been on the rise since 2010, with young children (aged ≤4 years) and the elderly (aged ≥65 years) being most susceptible to influenza‐associated hospitalization for pneumonia and influenza (P&I), a local study has shown.
The transient use of opioids is strongly associated with acute respiratory exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and this risk increases with the average daily opioid dose, a study has found.
Oral amoxicillin–clavulanate effectively promotes resolution of nonsevere acute exacerbations in children with non-cystic
fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis, thus confirming the role of amoxicillin–clavulanate as first-line treatment for bronchiectasis, according to results from the three-arm BEST-1 study.
A management strategy of C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care testing for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) minimizes physician’s prescription and patient’s use of antibiotics without compromising disease-specific quality of life, as shown in the results of PACE trial.
Roxadustat, an oral hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor, is noninferior to parenteral epoetin alfa and performs better than placebo for correcting anaemia in kidney disease patients who are or not undergoing dialysis, according to the results of two phase III trials from China.
The use of e-cigarettes changes the innate defence protein profiles in airway secretions, a new study has shown. These changes may lead to questions about e-cigarettes as the supposed healthier alternative to smoking.
Investigators from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) recently identified a mutation in H7N9 virus which causes the virus to possess a higher ability to infect humans while maintaining its ability to circulate effectively in poultry.