Levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) are higher in infertile men than in their fertile counterparts, a recent study has shown. Moreover, PSA >1 ng/mL is more common among infertile men younger than 40 years of age.
The urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (uACR) is an easy and reliable method of ruling out proteinuria >500 mg per day among patients with systemic light chain (AL) amyloidosis, performing relatively well against the 24-hour urine protein collection (24hUP) gold standard, a recent study has found.
The proximal ureteral diameter is a significant predictor of high-grade ureteral injury during ureteral access sheath placement, with a smaller diameter increasing the risk and severity of such injury, according to a recent study.
In the treatment of patients with acute renal colic, paracetamol and parecoxib are equally effective at dulling pain, reducing the need for rescue analgesia with minimal adverse events, as shown in a study.
Among men with erectile dysfunction, family history of cardiometabolic factors appears to be linked with a poorer metabolic profile and may be used to improve cardiovascular risk stratification, a recent study has shown.
A robotic-assisted retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RARLND) is technically feasible and recommended in highly selected patients with low volume metastatic testicular cancer, suggests a study. In addition, RARLND has comparable complications and early oncologic safety to open surgery.
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.