'Am I going to see anyone again?': Hospital patients isolated from loved ones as COVID-19 stops family visits

Mary-Anne Parker says her parents are planners — they had talked about what to do if one of them got sick. But nothing could have prepared them for what happened when her 85-year-old father went to hospital with pneumonia.  "When he went in to hospital, all of those expectations went out the window," said Parker of her father, Stephen. "This…

Finding Progeria children in Bangladesh

The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF -, the organisation dedicated to discovering treatments and the cure for children with Progeria, announced the launch of ‘Find the Children - 10 in Bangladesh with Progeria’ campaign recently. The campaign is designed to create awareness among the general public and healthcare providers, in order to locate and assist…

Managing vaping-associated lung injury

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for the evaluation and management of patients with suspected e-cigarette, or vaping-associated, lung injury (EVALI), based on the 1,299 cases reported as of October 8, 2019. The chemical(s) responsible for the lung injury have not yet been identified (Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC-containing products…

Triple therapy for asthma in a single inhaler!

For a patient whose asthma is not controlled by medium-to-high–dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and a long-acting ß-agonist (LABA), current guidelines e.g., Global Initiative for Asthma recommend adding a long-acting antimuscarinic agent (LAMA). In two industry-sponsored European trials, which differed only in whether medium- or high-dose beclomethasone was used, researchers examined whether a single inhaler that…

Improved support after self-harm needed to reduce suicide risk

To reduce the high risk of suicide after hospital attendance for self-harm, improved clinical management is needed for all patients – including comprehensive assessment of the patients’ mental state, needs, and risks, as well as implementation of risk reduction strategies, including safety planning. The results are from an observational study spanning 16 years and including…