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Pearl Toh, 4 minutes ago
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.
4 hours ago
An 8-week treatment course with cilostazol as an adjunct to risperidone demonstrates a favourable safety and efficacy profile in patients with schizophrenia, improving primary negative symptoms without resulting in serious adverse events requiring medical intervention, a study has shown.
At least one dose of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) has high individual vaccine effectiveness (VE) in preventing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in a paediatric population with suboptimal vaccination coverage, a new study has shown.
Both denosumab and bisphosphonates enhance bone mineral density (BMD) in men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer who are receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. In addition, denosumab lowers the risk for radiographic vertebral fractures.
Use of antiepileptic drugs, a history of adverse drug reactions (ADR) and use of meglumine are all risk factors for ADR in paediatric patients, a new cohort study has shown.
Elvira Manzano, Yesterday
Treatment with interleukin (IL)-6 inhibitor tocilizumab improves anaemia markers in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), real-world data have shown.

Dr Ling Moi Lin, Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Dr Andrea Kwa, pharmacy clinician scientist at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) speak to Roshini Claire Anthony about the current antimicrobial resistance situation and the potential repercussions if it is not controlled.

Special Reports
01 Aug 2017
Complementary medicines are popular among consumers in Malaysia so it is important for pharmacists to be well versed in complementary medicines.
Prof. Peter Collins, Prof. Giuseppe Mancia, Prof. Carolyn Lam, Dr. Choo Gim Hooi, 12 Jul 2017
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future due to both the ageing population and the increasing prevalence of risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes. CAD is also the primary risk factor in the development of heart failure (HF). At the 2nd Asia Pacific CardioConnect Meeting in Hong Kong sponsored by Menarini, a group of international and regional experts discussed current strategies for managing stable CAD and HF and highlighted areas where patient outcomes may be improved.
12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
01 Jul 2017
At the recent launch of Nurofen® Express by Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia, Ms Joyce McSwan spoke on the importance of managing tension-type headache (TTH), highlighting the roles of drug and non-drug approaches in improving treatment outcomes.
22 Jun 2017
The University of Science, Malaysia (USM) team, led by Professor Dr Lee Yeong Yeh was recognized for its outstanding research submission that links poor hygiene practices in flood-affected areas to the increased risk in communicable intestinal infections in parts of Malaysia.
30 May 2017
Pain is a multidimensional experience that often requires a combination of various approaches to bring about optimal outcomes. At a recent scientific symposium held during the 7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Congress held in Yangon, Myanmar, Professor Stefano Coaccioli discussed the evolution of ns-NSAIDs and how dexketoprofen trometamol (Ketesse®; A. Menarini) can improve acute pain management.
Prof. Ignatius Ou Sai Hong, Dr. James Suh, Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Dr. Amit Verma, 14 May 2017
As targeted cancer therapy options are increasing, it is becoming more important to choose the most appropriate treatment for patients with cancer. At a Roche-sponsored symposium held during the 2nd ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore, four experts discussed the potential of comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) for personalizing cancer care and helping healthcare professionals to make the best treatment decisions for individual patients.
Conference Reports
03 Aug 2017
Adjunct Associate Prof Yeo Khung Keong discusses about how to manage chronic stable angina in Asian patients during APSC 2017.
03 Aug 2017
Assistant Prof Wiwun Tungsubutra speaks on the role of beta blockers in patients with stable CAD in APSC 2017.
03 Aug 2017
Prof Peter Collins talks about the mechanism of action of ranolazine and the patients most likely to benefit from the drug in APSC 2017.
31 Jul 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the 21st Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress
Elvira Manzano, 28 Jul 2017
Heart transplant is the gold standard option for heart failure (HF) patients when all other options fail, says a cardiologist and heart failure specialist at the recent APSC 2017 Congress, with excellent long-term outcomes.
Audrey Abella, 28 Jul 2017
Nonvitamin K antagonist (non-VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) offer better outcomes than VKAs in Asian patients for the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF)-associated stroke, according to data presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress (APSC) 2017 held in Singapore.
Audrey Abella, 27 Jul 2017
Short-term use (<30 days) of the anticoagulant warfarin following bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement (AVR) reduced the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) but not the risk of bleeding and re-operation, while long-term warfarin use (31–90 days) resulted in a higher incidence of MACE and reoperation, according to data presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress (APSC 2017) held in Singapore.
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