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Roshini Claire Anthony, 6 hours ago

Associate Professor Tan Hak Koon, Head and Senior Consultant, and Dr Andy Tan, Associate Consultant from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) speak about the causes of endometriosis and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Magnesium-aluminium antacid gel and alginate-based reflux suppressant have comparable efficacies in treating heartburn in pregnancy, a new study shows.
Beta-blocker therapy appears to play an important role in the prevention of cardiac events during pregnancy and the postpartum period in patients with long QT syndrome (LQTS), according to a study, with beta-blockers having no adverse effect on foetal growth.
Hypertension is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women, a new meta-analysis finds.
3 days ago
Women who are overweight or obese are likely to have sexual dysfunction, according to a recent study, although body mass index (BMI) affects only sexual satisfaction and not sexual function.
3 days ago
Supervised exercise in obese or overweight pregnant women does not affect maternal or neonatal outcomes and birth weight, a new study shows.
Wing Cheong Leung, 4 days ago
The approach in prenatal diagnosis has been revolutionized by advances in prenatal molecular diagnostics. New algorithms in prenatal diagnosis are evolving and becoming increasingly complicated (Figure 1). The goal is to maximize the prenatal information for pregnant women and the families to make choices for the next generations.
Special Reports
23 Jan 2017
At the Abbott-sponsored continuing medical education programme in commemorating the 25th anniversary of Duphaston® (dydrogesterone, Abbott) in Malaysia, Dr Raman Subramaniam and Dr Eeson Sinthamoney presented clinical updates in the management of threatened and recurrent miscarriages. Highlights of their presentations are summarized below.
27 Dec 2016
In conjunction with the launch of BETADINE® Daily Feminine Wash Foam & Liquid, two eminent local speakers, Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar and Dr Liew Fah Onn spoke on the importance of feminine hygiene and holistic approaches for managing vaginal infections, respectively.
16 Dec 2016
ESMYA – Ulipristal acetate 5 mg tab – Zuellig Pharma
29 Nov 2016
Thalassaemia becomes a global health problem. Most women with thalassaemia trait can be picked up by universal prenatal screening for thalassaemia using mean corpuscular volume/haemoglobin, followed by haemoglobin pattern with or without DNA analysis.
11 Nov 2016
Probiotics is defined as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. The therapeutic efficacy of probiotics has been studied extensively in the treatment of gastrointestinal microbial disorders, including diarrhoea. This article summarizes clinical papers on the topic of probiotics in the treatment of diarrhoea in children.
26 Sep 2016
At the 24th Congress of the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia, Dr Harris N Suharjono highlighted the importance of VTE prophylaxis in postpartum and discussed the challenges and actions taken following the implementation of the Sarawak Obstetric VTE Risk Assessment Programme.
28 Dec 2015
In pregnant women, a good iron status is important for the health of the mother, development of the foetus, and growth of the newborn infant. Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr Kiren Sidhu, shares with us about iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy and how it can be managed.
Conference Reports
09 Mar 2017
Pearl Toh finds out from Professor Anna Lok, director of clinical hepatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, on integrating guidelines, research data, and clinical setting in decision making for management of hepatitis B during the recent Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Annual Meeting held in Shanghai, China.

Pearl Toh, 21 Feb 2017
Initiation of combined antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the second trimester of pregnancy in women co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) resulted in suppression of viral load at delivery to a level which may prevent mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HBV, according to data from the TiP* study presented at the recent APASL 2017 held in Shanghai, China.
Elaine Soliven, 18 Jan 2017
Incorporating brachytherapy in standard treatment protocols for elderly cervical cancer patients has the potential to improve treatment outcomes, according to a review study presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2016 Congress held in Singapore.
Elaine Soliven, 14 Jan 2017
Stratifying ovarian cancer patients with gene expression molecular subtypes (GEMS) enables the identification of AXL in mesenchymal subtype ovarian cancer, according to a study presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2016 Congress held in Singapore.
Audrey Abella, 29 Dec 2016
Monotherapy using the immune checkpoint inhibitors anti-programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1), and/or anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) may not be sufficient for ovarian cancer, according to data presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2016 Congress held in Singapore.
Pearl Toh, 27 Dec 2016
Palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, significantly improves progression-free survival (PFS) in Asian postmenopausal women with oestrogen receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (ER+/HER2-) metastatic breast cancer compared with letrozole alone, according to a sub-analysis of Asian patients enrolled in the PALOMA-2* study presented at the recent European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2016 Congress (ESMO Asia 2016) in Singapore.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 23 Dec 2016

A new scalp cooling device appears to reduce chemotherapy-related alopecia in women with early-stage breast cancer, according to results of the SCALP* trial presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS 2016) held in Texas, US. 

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