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Depression and anxiety appear to reduce the likelihood of achieving joint remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and, partly, in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), according to a study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 17 hours ago

Early mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with a LUCAS 2 device administered by emergency ambulance crew in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) resulted in improved survival compared with manual CPR, results from the MECCA* study showed.

17 hours ago
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation may be moderately effective for patients with faecal incontinence who respond poorly to conventional treatments, new randomized controlled trial has shown.
Pearl Toh, 21 hours ago
The traditional medicinal herbs ginseng, dong-quai, and turmeric do not appear to affect platelet aggregation and increase bleeding risk when used alone or together with aspirin, despite the belief that these herbs have “blood-activating” properties in traditional medicine theory, a recent study shows.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 21 hours ago
In Asian patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, the genotype 6 infection contributes to an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), particularly among those with liver cirrhosis, reports a multinational team of investigators.
Elaine Soliven, 22 hours ago
Women who consume high amounts of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) during the second trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of their children developing obesity at school-going age, according to a recent study.
22 hours ago
Hospitalization, as well as rehospitalization within a short period of time, is common among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is often caused by active SLE or infection, a recent study has found.
Special Reports
17 Aug 2017
The prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) in industrialized countries has increased exponentially over the past three decades, currently affecting 15 to 30% of children and up to 10% of adults.1 At the recent official launch event of pimecrolimus (Elidel®, Meda Healthcare Sdn. Bhd.) held at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, Professor Thomas Luger provided insights on the pathophysiology of AD and the role of topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) in the management of AD. 
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.
Conference Reports
Jackey Suen, 18 Aug 2017

Prostate cancer care in Asia is about to enter the era of genomics as related research in the region is currently in full swing.

Pearl Toh, 17 Aug 2017
Rosuvastatin led to improved coagulation profile, in particular lower levels of factor VIII procoagulant activity (VIII:C), among patients who had venous thrombosis (VT) previously, suggesting that statins could reduce the risk of recurrent VT, according to a study presented at the ISTH 2017 Congress in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 17 Aug 2017

Detection of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and microRNA (miRNA) using blood samples (liquid biopsy) instead of cancer tissue proved useful in detecting progression and predicting prognosis of patients with bladder cancer, according to data presented at the recent 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA 2017) held in Hong Kong. 

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.

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