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A large number of patients face new thrombotic events and organ damage in spite of therapy, while evolution toward connective tissue disease (CTD) is infrequent, according to a recent study.
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Individuals with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes (T2D) may benefit from the substitution of fructose for glucose or sucrose in food or beverages, suggests a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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An 8-week treatment course with cilostazol as an adjunct to risperidone demonstrates a favourable safety and efficacy profile in patients with schizophrenia, improving primary negative symptoms without resulting in serious adverse events requiring medical intervention, a study has shown.
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Hypertension, cardiac fibrosis, renal dysfunction and proteinuria predict faster progression of Fabry disease (FD) while on enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), according to a recent study.
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Patients with psoriasis under various forms may exhibit Koebner phenomenon after application of tattoos, a study has found.
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Daily administration of two probiotic strains, Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, does not appear to be effective in the prevention of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections in infants, as shown in the ProbiComp* study.
At least one dose of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) has high individual vaccine effectiveness (VE) in preventing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in a paediatric population with suboptimal vaccination coverage, a new study has shown.
Special Reports
14 Aug 2017
In this edition of MIMS Infectious Disease, we bring you selected updates in the HIV treatment, and also symposium highlights from the relaunch of Tivicay (dolutegravir; GSK, ViiV Healthcare).
07 Aug 2017
Persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of influenza-associated hospitalization.
04 Aug 2017
Tiotropium/olodaterol (Spiolto® Respimat®, Boehringer Inghelheim) is the latest dual bronchodilator therapy available in Malaysia for COPD. 
04 Aug 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of global mortality, with experts predicting a potential future rise in the prevalence rates of COPD. 
25 Jul 2017
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common global health problem that poses a significant impact on the quality of life and productivity of affected patients. At the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Summit 2017 held recently at  Hilton Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Associate Professor Marysia P Tiongco-Recto was invited by A. Menarini to deliver a lecture on the potential of modern second-generation antihistamines, particularly bilastine (Bilaxten®) in the management of AR.
20 Jul 2017
Nutrition and Behaviour Modification for Picky Eaters (NBMPE) is a management plan for children with mild picky eating habits. An NBMPE Expert Programme was recently conducted by three of the expert panelists in Kuala Lumpur, which saw the participation of more than 30 paediatricians from across the country. The highlights from the event are summarized here.
19 Jul 2017
At the 57th Annual Scientific Congress of the Private Medical Practitioners Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (PMPASKL), Professor Dr Jamal I-Ching Sam spoke on the impact of influenza in Malaysia and preventive strategies against it. Highlights from his presentation are summarized below.
Conference Reports
Christina Lau, 15 Aug 2017

Urology research in Asia has seen a slight decrease in the last 10 years, with heterogeneity in regulations and healthcare systems and the lack of research platforms hindering the implementation of region-wide clinical trials.

Elvira Manzano, 14 Aug 2017
Gene-transfer therapy using adeno-associated virus in patients with severe haemophilia A resulted in sustained levels of coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) expression within 1 year of observation, reducing spontaneous bleeds and FVIII infusions in most patients, interim results of a phase 1/2 dose-escalation study have shown.
Elaine Tan, 14 Aug 2017

Complicated and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in adults and children should be managed by identifying and treating predisposing or underlying risk factors, with antimicrobial treatment, if needed, based on urine culture results and regional antibiotic resistance patterns, according to new guidelines of the Urological Association of Asia (UAA) and Asian Association of UTI and STD (AAUS).

Elaine Tan, 11 Aug 2017

Prostate biopsy using the multiparametric MRI/ultrasound fusion-guided (mpMRI/US) technique improves prostate cancer diagnosis and reduces the detection of clinically insignificant cancers, according to data presented the 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA 2017) held recently in Hong Kong.

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 11 Aug 2017

Infectious complications of prostate biopsy can be prevented by adopting the transperineal approach rather than the transrectal approach, and by pre-biopsy rectal disinfection and meticulous equipment preparation, according to data presented at the 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress held in Hong Kong. 

Naomi Rodrig, 10 Aug 2017

Optimizing perioperative chemotherapy in bladder cancer (BC) presents a clinical challenge, as reflected in a debate at the 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress held in Hong Kong, which focused on the benefits and drawbacks of adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) after radical cystectomy (RC).

Naomi Rodrig, 10 Aug 2017

Practice-changing results from several clinical trials reported in the past 2 years have offered new effective treatment options for hormone-naïve prostate cancer (PC) patients, according to Dr Gerhardt Attard from the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, who spoke at the 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA 2017) held recently in Hong Kong.

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