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Pearl Toh, 2 days ago
Ertugliflozin 15 mg once daily is noninferior to the sulphonylurea glimepiride in HbA1c reduction over 52 weeks in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who are inadequately controlled on metformin, according to the VERTIS SU* trial presented at the EASD 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tristan Manalac, 4 days ago
In malaria caused by Plasmodium knowlesi, age appears to be strongly associated with parasitaemia, systemic inflammation, endothelial activation, microvascular dysfunction and disease severity, according to a recent study.
15 Sep 2017
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 September 2017 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Sep 2017

Uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is low among child and adolescent cancer survivors, with a lack of recommendation by healthcare providers being a major contributor to the low uptake, a recent study found.

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 13 Sep 2017

Scientists from the Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), recently discovered a compound called NP16, an inhibitor of dehydrosqualene desaturase, that is efficacious in treating Staphylococcus aureus infections. 

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 12 Sep 2017

Doctors need to understand the relationship between climate change and health in order to better communicate the risks with patients and influence public policy, says a respiratory physician.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 12 Sep 2017

A documented household exposure should trigger prompt contact tracing to allow timely diagnosis and to prevent the development of tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a specialist.

Special Reports
14 Aug 2017
In this edition of MIMS Infectious Disease, we bring you selected updates in the HIV treatment, and also symposium highlights from the relaunch of Tivicay (dolutegravir; GSK, ViiV Healthcare).
12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
01 Mar 2017
At the recent Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) workshop in Kuala Lumpur, MIMS Doctor had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with eminent paediatric infectious disease specialist, Associate Professor Tawee Chotpitayasunondh. This article captures the highlights from our conversation with him.
Stephen Padilla, 06 Dec 2016
Dengvaxia, a recombinant, live-attenuated dengue vaccine, has the potential to bring down the number of hospitalizations by 13 to 25 percent and be cost-effective in areas of moderate-to-high dengue endemicity, according to a model comparison study.
02 Dec 2016
The Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) recently organized an influenza workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop saw eminent speakers from seven countries presenting on topics concerning the impact of influenza, vaccination of various populations, current and upcoming treatments for influenza, policy considerations and approaches for pandemic preparedness. Read about highlights from the workshop in this newsletter. 
23 Nov 2016
At the recent Infectious Disease Symposium held on the 5th of August 2016, at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, two speakers spoke on the role of macrolides in the management of respiratory tract infections, as well as the importance of antibiotic stewardship in combating microbial resistance.
19 Aug 2016

The rise of anti-malarial resistant Plasmodium falciparum in areas where malaria is endemic, such as Southeast Asia, calls for the safe and right use of current antimalarials.

Conference Reports
Rachel Soon, 21 Aug 2017

Field trials of a biological control program to subdue dengue are showing some promise in reducing the spread of the disease. 

21 Aug 2017

A set of statistical models running on the Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator (LASSO) method is used to forecast the incidence of dengue in Singapore and to manage potential outbreaks, reveals an analyst.

21 Aug 2017

Several human and mosquito factors contribute to the re-emergence of chikungunya in the country, says a medical microbiologist.

Rachel Soon, 21 Aug 2017

Individuals carrying the dengue virus (DENV) and showing little to no outward symptoms of the disease may play a larger role in dengue fever epidemics than previously expected, says an expert.

Elaine Tan, 14 Aug 2017

Complicated and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in adults and children should be managed by identifying and treating predisposing or underlying risk factors, with antimicrobial treatment, if needed, based on urine culture results and regional antibiotic resistance patterns, according to new guidelines of the Urological Association of Asia (UAA) and Asian Association of UTI and STD (AAUS).

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 11 Aug 2017

Infectious complications of prostate biopsy can be prevented by adopting the transperineal approach rather than the transrectal approach, and by pre-biopsy rectal disinfection and meticulous equipment preparation, according to data presented at the 15th Urological Association of Asia Congress held in Hong Kong. 

Pearl Toh, 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.

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