Ryner Lai, MBBS

Ryner Lai, MBBS

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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External Beam Radiation Therapy Useful in Treating Thyroid Carcinomas

Researchers have discovered that external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is a valuable tool in managing patients with thyroid carcinomas, according to a study published in Cancer Reports. The incidence of thyroid carcinomas has risen in recent years. They are histologically categorized into medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC), and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC). …

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Study Supports Use of Immunosuppressive Therapy for CTD-PAH

Researchers reported that existing evidence supports the use of immunosuppressive therapeutics in connective tissue disease (CTD)-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), especially in systemic lupus erythematosus-associated PAH (SLE-PAH), as published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Disease. PAH is primarily characterized by pulmonary vascular remodeling which increases pulmonary vascular resistance. The current thinking when it comes…


Mean Platelet Volume as a New Marker to Distinguish iCCA From HCC

Researchers discovered that mean platelet volume (MPV) is an independent factor in helping clinicians distinguish hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA), as published in BMC Gastroenterology.  HCC and iCCA are 2 cancers that share overlapping risk factors and clinical signs and symptoms, but strategies to treat either cancer remain different. Hence, it is vital…

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Increased DNA Methylation Linked With Unexplained Recurrent Hemophilia

Researchers reported that the methylation of DNA in the promoter region of the von Willebrand Factor (VWF) gene is linked to an increased risk of unexplained recurrent hemophilia, as published in Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging. Von Willebrand disease is caused by abnormally low levels of the clotting agent VWF, leading to various clinical manifestations of…

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Physicians Successfully Manage Severe LAL-D: A Case Report

A team of physicians described the early diagnosis and successful long-term care of a patient with severe lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D)/Wolman disease from infancy until 5 years of age, as published in the Canadian Liver Journal. The case as described details a female born to healthy French-Canadian parents after an uncomplicated pregnancy. When the…


IgG1-Positive Cell Infiltration Prognostically Useful in IPF

Researchers have discovered that evaluating the degree of immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1)-positive cell infiltration may yield important information regarding the prognosis of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and published their results in Scientific Reports. Studies have demonstrated that various types of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) are associated with immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-positive plasma cell infiltration in…

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