The Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) recently organized an influenza workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop saw eminent speakers from seven countries presenting on topics concerning the impact of influenza, vaccination of various populations, current and upcoming treatments for influenza, policy considerations and approaches for pandemic preparedness. Read about highlights from the workshop in this newsletter.
New-generation therapies targeted toward specific genetic alterations such as EGFR and ALK mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can overcome resistance to first-generation therapies and improve survival of patients, according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the recent Infectious Disease Symposium held on the 5th of August 2016, at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, two speakers spoke on the role of macrolides in the management of respiratory tract infections, as well as the importance of antibiotic stewardship in combating microbial resistance.
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.