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There is a modest association between total brain white matter burden, as measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cognitive function in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new meta-analysis.
2 days ago
A history of migraine headache is a predictor of increased risk of future cardiovascular (CV) events (cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, heart failure or stroke) on long-term follow-up among women being evaluated for ischaemic heart disease, according to a study. Moreover, this risk is mainly driven by a more than twofold rise in stroke risk.
Elvira Manzano, 2 days ago
Long-term use of metformin does not negatively impact cognitive performance, according to a new study, giving clinicians and their patients evidence-based reassurance regarding metformin use as a diabetes prevention pill.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 3 days ago

Hearing loss is associated with an increased prevalence of dementia, according to a Singapore population-based study. Cognitively normal individuals with hearing loss have a twofold risk of developing neurocognitive disorders (mild cognitive impairment [MCI] or dementia). 

Jackey Suen, 4 days ago

Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) may protect the elderly from dementia, a retrospective analysis has shown. [J Hypertens 2017, doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001411]

4 days ago
Meningitis, pneumonia, septicaemia and other infection-related diseases are associated with increased risks of in-hospital mortality in brain abscess in Taiwan, reports a new study.
5 days ago
Serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytokine levels in HIV patients with cryptococcal meningitis(CM) infection are different and change during antiretroviral (ART) and antifungal therapy, a new study reports.
Special Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 22 Nov 2016

Blood pressure lowering medications and statins do not prevent cognitive and functional decline in elderly patients, according to results of the HOPE-3 trial* presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA 2016) held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Dr. Rose Zhao-Wei Ting, 16 Nov 2016
A 55-year-old man presented with almost one year history of heat intolerance, mild palpitation and significant weight loss. Free T3 and T4 were elevated with normal TSH. Patient had suboptimal response to carbimazole therapy.
24 Aug 2016

Roshini Claire Anthony spoke with Adjunct Associate Professor Gamaliel Tan, head and senior orthopaedic consultant at Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore, on how GPs can help diagnose and treat lower back pain.

29 Apr 2016
This article presents the excerpts from the Inaugural Meeting of the Dementia Advisory Board Malaysia held on 23 January 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, highlighting the clinical evidence of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761® in dementia, treatment recommendations from international guidelines and consensus reached during the meeting on the role of EGb761® in managing dementia.
22 Apr 2016
Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is one of the many complications of diabetes. At the Diabetes Asia 2015 Conference, renowned speaker Dr Mary Cardosa gave an overview on PDN and the approaches to managing this condition.
03 Mar 2016
The Drug Control Authority (DCA) of Malaysia has approved a new indication for the long-acting somatostatin analogue lanreotide. This new indication is for the treatment of grade 1 and low grade 2 gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (GEP-NETs)—of midgut, pancreatic or unknown origin except the hindgut—in adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease.
14 Jan 2016
At a continuing medical education webinar hosted by Hospira, Professor Dr Eugene Wesley Ely spoke on strategies to optimize brain function in post-intensive care unit (post-ICU) patients. Highlights of his presentation are summarized below.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 10 Mar 2017
Contact aspiration is comparable to stent retriever (SR) as frontline thrombectomy for patients with acute ischaemic stroke resulting from large vessel occlusion (LVO), according to the ASTER* trial presented at the recent International Stroke Conference (ISC 2017) held in Texas, Houston, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Mar 2017

The phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor cilostazol may prevent secondary stroke in individuals with a recent history of ischaemic stroke. However, there was a higher incidence of myocardial infarction in this group, according to findings of the PICASSO* study presented at the International Stroke Conference 2017 (ISC 2017) in Houston, Texas, US.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Mar 2017

Initiating statin therapy within 24 hours of hospitalization for an acute ischaemic stroke did not appear to affect patient disability at 90 days poststroke, according to findings of the ASSORT* trial presented at the International Stroke Conference 2017 (ISC 2017) in Houston, Texas, US.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Mar 2017

Intensive (triple) antiplatelet therapy does not affect the recurrence of ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) compared with guideline standard-of-care antiplatelet therapy, but increases the risk of bleeding, according to interim data from the TARDIS* trial presented at the International Stroke Conference 2017 (ISC 2017) in Houston, Texas.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 03 Mar 2017

Resuming oral anticoagulation therapy after a lobar or nonlobar intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is associated with a lower risk of mortality and favourable functional outcome, according to results of a meta-analysis presented at the International Stroke Conference 2017 (ISC 2017) in Houston, Texas, US.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 02 Mar 2017

Individuals with cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) have a lower likelihood of developing a pulmonary embolism compared with those with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to a study presented at the recent International Stroke Conference 2017 (ISC 2017) in Houston, Texas.

Jackey Suen, 09 Dec 2015

Recent advances in MRI techniques allow faster and more accurate neuroimaging, which greatly facilitates the characterization of brain structure and function associated with normal ageing and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).