Spinal fractures are often the result of underlying osteoporosis. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Hee Hwan Tak, medical director and senior consultant at the Pinnacle Spine & Scoliosis Centre at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, about managing osteoporotic spinal fractures in primary care.
Melasma is a benign pigmentary skin disorder. However, it features prominently on sun-exposed areas, typically the face and arms, and as such affects the quality of life of those with the disorder. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Gavin Ong Chun Wei, a dermatologist at The Skin Specialist clinic in Singapore, about how GPs can best diagnose and treat patients with melasma.
Fertility screening should be more actively recommended to the public as a preventative measure equivalent to general health screenings, rather than only when observable issues arise, reveals a panel of specialists.
Recurrent miscarriage affects about 1 percent of pregnant women, but no designated service has been available in Hong Kong’s healthcare system until recently. Professor Tin-Chiu Li of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), shares more than 20 years of experience in the research and management of recurrent miscarriage in the UK, cases he has managed at Hong Kong’s first recurrent miscarriage clinic, the importance of preserving ovarian function during surgery, as well as new approaches to fertility treatment.
Hot flushes, mood swings and heavy periods are some of the symptoms that women have to endure when they reach the perimenopause stage. Pharmacists have an important role in helping women who are undergoing perimenopause.
Menelik MH Lee, MBBS, MRCOG, FHKCOG, FHKAM; Charles J Carter, MBChB, FRCS(urol); Tyrone T Carpenter, MBBS, BSc, MRCOG, MD, 20140601000000
Laparoscopic partial cystectomy is established as the optimal treatment of full thickness bladder endometriosis. Complete excision of the lesion is essential however over excision risks unnecessary reduction in bladder volume and may risk ureteric obstruction. The following case demonstrates a new technique of cystoscopic mapping and laparoscopic resection of bladder endometriosis, allowing complete removal of the endometriotic nodule while sparing maximum bladder capacity and minimising risk of injury to the ureteric orifices.
When it comes to dealing with women’s health, the pharmacy is there at every point in a woman’s life. Pharmacy Today New Zealand looks into the role pharmacies can play in supporting women and their health.
Over the past few decades, there has been widespread concern about the increasing proportion of births born by caesarean delivery. The rising rate of primary caesarean section has led to the increased number of obstetric population with a history of prior caesarean delivery. Although this group of women may be offered planned vaginal birth after previous caesarean section (VBAC) or elective repeat caesarean section (ERCS), the VBAC rate is generally low particularly in well-developed countries. In the United States, the VBAC rate has decreased to 8.5% by 2006, while the total caesarean rate has increased to 31.1%.1
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitors are commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the effects of these agents on pregnancy outcomes remain unclear. Now, a systematic review of the English literature has indicated that they pose little risk to the mother or her infant, even if use is continued through the third trimester.