In patients with sarcopenia, vitamin D supplementation in combination with protein increases muscle strength but falls short of improving muscle mass or performance, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) in combination with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARD) does not appear to be any better than TNFi monotherapy at improving disease activity or Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), reports a study. However, the combination therapy may improve TNFi survival.
Nearly one-fifth of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develop ocular complications, as do one-quarter to one-third of those with connective tissue diseases and vasculitis, according to a recent study.
The use of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i), either alone or in combination with other glucose-lowering medications (GLM), does not seem to exacerbate the risk of sustaining fractures, a new study has found.
Patients with knee osteoarthritis may do well to spend more time in bare feet than wearing footwear and performing moderate physical activity, as the latter may increase instead of lower the risk of pain flares, a study reports.
Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Dr. Tan Thuan Tong, Dr. Andrea Kwa,
08 Jan 2021
Antimicrobial resistance has become increasingly dire as the rapid emergence of drug resistance, especially gram-negative pathogens, has outpaced the development of new antibiotics. At a recent virtual symposium, Dr Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean (Global Health) and Programme Leader (Infectious Diseases), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, presented epidemiological data on multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Asia, while Dr Tan Thuan Tong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), focused on the role of ceftazidime-avibactam in MDR GNB infections. Dr Andrea Kwa, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Pharmacy, SGH, joined the panel in an interactive fireside chat, to discuss challenges, practical considerations, and solutions in MDR gram-negative infections. This Pfizer-sponsored symposium was chaired by Dr Ng Shin Yi, Head and Senior Consultant of Surgical Intensive Care, SGH.
Spending too much time sitting cannot be good for the body, and rising to one's feet breaks up such a behaviour and yields small, but meaningful, reductions in certain cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
Use of thyroid hormone therapy does not seem to protect older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism against mortality, but it appears to confer survival benefits to those aged <65 years, results of a study have shown.