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01 Dec 2019
Macrolide antibiotics are derived from the Streptomycesspecies. These contain either 14-membered (erythromycin [ERM],clarithromycin [CAM], roxithromycin [RXM]), 15-membered(azithromycin [AZM]) or 16-membered (spiramycin, josamycin,midecamycin) macrocyclic lactone rings. They inhibit proteinsynthesis by reversibly binding to the 23S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)in the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome. Traditionally,macrolides are used as first-line agents in respiratory, skin,soft tissue, and urogenital infections, and they are also activeagainst gram-positive cocci and atypical pathogens.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 6 days ago

The presence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in individuals with systemic sclerosis is associated with an increased mortality risk, a study from Singapore showed.

01 Dec 2019
Pneumonia is a common infection– affecting around 3,200 people inSingapore in 2016 – making it the thirdmost common cause of hospitalisation inthe country. Its common complications,especially with delayed or inappropriatetreatment, include bacteraemia andseptic shock, lung abscesses, pleuraleffusions, empyema, pleurisy, respiratoryfailure and renal failure.
23 Dec 2019
At a Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society Congress, renowned cardiologist Prof John Camm provided the latest evidence for chronic stable angina with or without concomitant diseases, with a special focus on the antianginal agent ranolazine and combination therapies. The event was chaired and moderated by Dr Dante Morales from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

Direct-acting antiviral therapy prolongs survival in HCV-infected HCC patients

21 Oct 2019

Use of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with documented response to therapy appears to yield a significant reduction in mortality, as shown in a recent study.

The retrospective study included 797 patients with HCV-related HCC, among whom 383 (48.1 percent) received DAA therapy. All patients achieved a complete response to resection, local ablation, transarterial chemo- or radioembolization, or radiation therapy.

There were 43 deaths that occurred during 941 person-years of follow-up in the DAA group in comparison with 103 deaths during 526.6 person-years of follow-up in the nontreated group (crude rate ratio, 0.23, 95 percent CI, 0.16–0.33).

Inverse probability-weighted analyses revealed DAA therapy to be associated with a significant decrease in the risk of death (hazard ratio [HR], 0.54, 95 percent CI, 0.33–0.90). This protective association differed by sustained virologic response (SVR) to DAA therapy, such that mortality risk was reduced in patients who achieved SVR (HR, 0.29, 0.18–0.47) but not in those without SVR (HR, 1.13, 0.55–2.33).

Median time from HCC complete response to DAA initiation was 7.7 months, with 20.2 percent of participants treated within 3 months, 21.5 percent between 3 and 6 months, 25.5 percent between 6 and 12 months, and 32.9 percent >12 months after HCC complete response. A total of 79.4 percent of DAA-treated patients achieved SVR, while 11.5 percent had treatment-failure and 9.1 percent had no documented assessment of SVR.

The present data suggest that HCV-infected patients with a history of HCC may benefit from DAA therapies, according to researchers.

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01 Dec 2019
Macrolide antibiotics are derived from the Streptomycesspecies. These contain either 14-membered (erythromycin [ERM],clarithromycin [CAM], roxithromycin [RXM]), 15-membered(azithromycin [AZM]) or 16-membered (spiramycin, josamycin,midecamycin) macrocyclic lactone rings. They inhibit proteinsynthesis by reversibly binding to the 23S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)in the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome. Traditionally,macrolides are used as first-line agents in respiratory, skin,soft tissue, and urogenital infections, and they are also activeagainst gram-positive cocci and atypical pathogens.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 6 days ago

The presence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in individuals with systemic sclerosis is associated with an increased mortality risk, a study from Singapore showed.

01 Dec 2019
Pneumonia is a common infection– affecting around 3,200 people inSingapore in 2016 – making it the thirdmost common cause of hospitalisation inthe country. Its common complications,especially with delayed or inappropriatetreatment, include bacteraemia andseptic shock, lung abscesses, pleuraleffusions, empyema, pleurisy, respiratoryfailure and renal failure.
23 Dec 2019
At a Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society Congress, renowned cardiologist Prof John Camm provided the latest evidence for chronic stable angina with or without concomitant diseases, with a special focus on the antianginal agent ranolazine and combination therapies. The event was chaired and moderated by Dr Dante Morales from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.