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Besifovir dipivoxil maleate (BSV) for hepatitis B virus infection produces lasting effects and is as good as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, according to the results of a phase III trial. However, BSV has a better safety profile with respect to bone and renal outcomes.
5 days ago
Noninfectious syndromes often lead to unnecessary antibiotic therapy, with risk factors including unspecified diagnosis of infectious disease and the absence of microbial testing, a study reports.
Tristan Manalac, 04 Dec 2018
In the era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), majority of the malignancies in AIDS patients are non-AIDS-defining cancers (NADC), according to an India study presented at the recently concluded European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2018 Congress (ESMO Asia 2018).
Pank Jit Sin, 03 Dec 2018

At the recent 4th National Aids Conference, Dr Charles Hicks, Senior Global Medical Director, ViiV Healthcare, US, spoke about the evolution of HIV care and how future advancements will impact the lives of persons living with HIV. Hicks, who is only recently joined ViiV Healthcare, said the cure for HIV is still likely far in the future. In the meantime, the only option is antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, despite the absence of a cure, the outlook for patients living with HIV has improved by leaps and bounds since the first antiretroviral zidovudine (AZT) was released.

02 Dec 2018
Alcohol contributes largely to the development of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF), whereas hepatitis E virus is the most common infectious cause of ACLF, suggesting a need for vaccination in such patients, a study has found.
01 Dec 2018
In children, the incidence rate of hyponatraemia differs according to the respiratory tract infection and the invading microorganism, a recent study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 30 Nov 2018

Treatment with the combination of the DAAs* glecaprevir and pibrentasvir led to sustained virological response (SVR) in a majority of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection genotype 5 or 6, according to the phase IIIB ENDURANCE-5,6** trial.

Special Reports
27 Sep 2018
SKYCELLFLU – Inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (inj) 0.5 mL - AJ Biologics
01 Jul 2018
Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease, which is primarily spread through water droplets containing strains of the virus. Dr Leong Chee Loon shares his insights into the management of influenza in Malaysia, highlighting the importance of improving vaccination coverage in populations at high-risk of influenza-related complications, such as elderly patients and healthcare practitioners.
01 May 2018
ZEPATIER - Elbasvir 50 mg, grazoprevir 100 mg FC tab - Merck Sharp & Dohme
01 Mar 2018
At the 13th Asian Congress of Paediatric Nephrology 2017 in conjunction with the 39th Malaysian Paediatric Association Annual Congress, Dr Wanatpreeya Phongsamart spoke on the importance of influenza vaccination in children, highlighting the role of quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in providing a broader protection against influenza. Meanwhile, Emeritus Professor Somsak Lolekha shared his insights into the effectiveness of a hexavalent vaccine in paediatric immunization, and discussed its role in the Malaysian paediatric immunization schedule.
30 Jan 2018
At a continuing medical education webcast hosted by GlaxoSmithKline, Dr Gyneth Lourdes G. Bibera discussed on preventive strategies against rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE).
30 Nov 2017
Fluarex Tetra - Inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (split virion) vaccine (inj) 0.5 mL - GlaxoSmithKline
02 Nov 2017
In this issue of MIMS Anti-Infective Supplement, we bring you clinical updates related to combating infectious diseases, and also a symposium highlight in conjunction with the launch of ceftolozane/tazobactam (Zerbaxa; Merck Sharp & Dohme Sdn Bhd) in Malaysia. 
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Oct 2018

The implementation of point-of-care testing (POCT) for viral respiratory infections in emergency departments could reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and antibiotic treatment, according to a study from the UK.

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 02 Oct 2018

The airway microbiota is recently demonstrated to be associated with lung cancer via up-regulation of the ERK, PI3K and IL-17A signalling pathways, according to data presented at the recent European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 Sep 2018

Preterm infants who tested positive for ureaplasma respiratory tract infection had poorer survival over the first year of life, according to a study presented at ERS 2018. However, a 3-day course of prophylactic azithromycin could potentially reduce this morbidity and mortality burden.

26 Sep 2018
Highlights from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018
Roshini Claire Anthony, 29 Aug 2018

Teenagers and young adults living with perinatally acquired HIV (PaHIV) have a higher risk of developing malignancies and a higher all-cause mortality rate than their non-HIV-infected peers, according to a study from the UK.

Pearl Toh, 23 Aug 2018
Restoration of CD4/CD8 ratio on combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) was associated with decreased risk of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) while baseline CD8 count was related to non-Hogkin lymphoma (NHL) risk in people living with HIV (PLHIV) who had achieved viral suppression on cART, according to the COHERE* study presented at the AIDS International Conference (AIC) 2018.
Pearl Toh, 21 Aug 2018
Use of triple antiretroviral therapy (ART) during pregnancy and breastfeeding did not affect the cognitive development and function of the offspring compared with those whose mothers were not exposed to ART, reveals the IMPAACT PROMISE-BF study presented at the IAC 2018.
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