Ryner Lai, MBBS

Ryner Lai, MBBS

Dr (MBBS), Queen Mary University, London
Dr Ryner Lai (MBBS) is a medical graduate from Queen Mary, University of London. He is a medical writer who is passionate about the power of medical research to transform the lives of patients.

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Electronic Messaging Can Enhance AATD Testing for Patients With COPD

Researchers studied the feasibility of using electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic patient messages to encourage patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to undergo testing for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), an under-recognized disease. They discovered that this strategy exceeded expectations, even if the response rate was still relatively low. This was according to a…

NMOSD Relapses Can Result in Disease Progression, Pain

A team of researchers discovered that aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G-positive (AQP4-IgG+) neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) relapses can result in disease progression and pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology. “Without effective treatment, nearly all (80%–90%) patients with [NMOSD] experience recurrent episodes of optic neuritis (ON), transverse myelitis (TM), or a mixed…

CTRP9 Could Affect Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Pathogenesis

Researchers investigated the molecular mechanisms of C1q/TNF-related protein 9 (CTRP9) in the context of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and discovered some previously unrecognized effects that it exerts on pulmonary vascular homeostasis during PAH pathogenesis. Their findings were published in Cardiovascular Therapeutics. Studies show PAH causes increased pulmonary vascular resistance, right heart failure, and premature death.…

Lower Socioeconomic Status May Lead to Faster Retinal Neurodegeneration in MS

Researchers discovered that poorer socioeconomic status is associated with faster retinal neurodegeneration in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in Brain. In epidemiological studies, scientists are increasingly interested in whether socioeconomic status plays a role in affecting the course of a disease. “Socioeconomic status is a combination of financial, educational and occupational…

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