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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visible scars can have a profound effect on people's lives, functionally and aesthetically. What exactly are the effects and what are the strategies that can be used to cope with scars? Read to find out.
At the 24th Asian and Oceanic Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015, Professor Dr Zainul Rashid Mohamad Razi, Associate Professor Dr Ameet Patki and Professor Dr Mohd Hashim Omar addressed some issues related to infertility and how progesterone plays its role in improving pregnancy outcomes.
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.