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Elaine Soliven, 3 hours ago
Drinking water before vaccination does not appear to be associated with a reduced risk of post-vaccination presyncope in adolescents and young adults, according to a recent study.
9 hours ago
The risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) is elevated in individuals with histories of gallstone disease (GD), a recent study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 hours ago

A modified (lower-dose) of XELIRI with or without bevacizumab may be an alternative second-line chemotherapy treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), according to results of the noninferiority phase III AXEPT* trial. 

13 hours ago
Long-term use of benzodiazepines is independently associated with lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure in ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) among older but not younger patients, a study has found.
Pearl Toh, 17 hours ago
Individuals with more severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have more amyloid deposits in the brain, which can contribute to build-up of plaques leading to Alzheimer's disease (AD), a study has shown.
17 hours ago
Potential toxic optic neuropathy (TON) is common in workers with occupational exposure to unburnt tobacco, shows a recent study from India, which also finds advancing age and longer exposure duration as independent predictors of the condition.
Stephen Padilla, 18 hours ago
Frank’s sign, a diagonal crease in the earlobe that starts from the tragus to the edge of the auricle in an angle of 45° in varying depths, is a risk factor for ischaemic cerebrovascular events, a recent study has found. Its prevalence is high among patients with classical cardiovascular (CV) predictors.
Special Reports
17 Nov 2017
In this issue of MIMS Surgery Supplement, we bring you clinical updates related to anaesthesia in laparoscopic surgery, and also a symposium highlight on how deep neuromuscular block can improve the surgical environment and patient outcomes in laparoscopic surgery. 

Laparoscopy is increasingly used in various surgical settings. While creation of the pneumoperitoneum – or insufflation of carbon dioxide into the peritoneal cavity – is central to laparoscopic surgery, this is associated with several physiological changes that can adversely affect surgical outcomes. At a recent symposium organized by Merck Sharp & Dohme, Dr Rajesh Brijball and Dr David Cavalucci elaborated on how deep neuromuscular block in laparoscopic surgery can improve the surgical environment and patient outcomes.
08 Nov 2017
Available in Europe since 1978, trimetazidine was launched in Malaysia in 1986 as VASTAREL® 20, with the first box of this medication sold in 1987. At that time, this agent was available as three times daily dosing; this was soon followed by the modified-release formulation, ie, VASTAREL® MR®, launched in 2005 to simplify the dosing regimen. By 2007, VASTAREL® MR® had become widely available in public hospitals throughout Malaysia.The efficacy of trimetazidine in coronary artery disease (CAD) is well established – it is a well-tolerated anti-ischaemic agent with no effect on blood pressure or heart rate. It is also recommended by Malaysian and international guidelines for symptomatic relief of angina. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of VASTAREL®, renowned local and international opinion leaders gathered at a Servier symposium, chaired by Dr Jeyamalar Rajadurai, to reflect on the evolution of CAD management and the contemporary role of trimetazidine.
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. 
02 Nov 2017
Nocturia is the most prevalent of the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and can cause a significant negative impact on an individual’s quality of life if left untreated.1,2 In a meeting held at University Malaya Medical Centre, Associate Professor Dr Ong Teng Aik shared his insights on the management of nocturia.
01 Nov 2017
In this issue of MIMS Doctor November 2017 Supplement, we bring you latest updates, as well as  the role of muscle relaxants in the treatment of muscular pain. 
01 Nov 2017
Since the beginning of the probiotic era in the 20th century, much emphasis has been given on its role in the regulation of gut health. The past decades have seen increasing evidence on the benefits of probiotics beyond just gut health, to even encompass, skin health, memory and brain health, and immunity.
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Nov 2017

A modified (lower-dose) of XELIRI with or without bevacizumab may be an alternative second-line chemotherapy treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), according to results of the noninferiority phase III AXEPT* trial. 

Pearl Toh, 16 Nov 2017
Using bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stents (DES) with a shorter duration of double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in elderly patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) leads to fewer adverse events than bare-metal stents (BMS) without increasing bleeding risk, according to the SENIOR* trial presented at TCT 2017 Congress.
Pearl Toh, 14 Nov 2017
Performing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on culprit lesion only, rather than a multivessel PCI, reduces the 30-day composite risk of death or severe renal failure in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) complicated by cardiogenic shock and multivessel disease, according to the CULPRIT-SHOCK* study presented at the TCT 2017 Congress held in Denver, Colorado, US.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 09 Nov 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.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 09 Nov 2017

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

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 08 Nov 2017

Aggressive dose de-escalation of radiotherapy provides similar efficacy and superior safety profile in patients with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), according to a recent study presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 

Jackey Suen, 08 Nov 2017

Hypofractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) is equally effective and safe compared with conventional fractionated RT (CFRT) in Chinese breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy, according to a phase III study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2017 Annual Meeting. [ASTRO 2017, abstract 5]

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