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Receipt of monthly sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine with two doses of azithromycin (AZI-SP) during pregnancy is more effective than receipt of two doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) alone in terms of reducing the incidence of stunting in childhood, according to a study. Additionally, AZI-SP during pregnancy exerts a positive effect on child development and appears to reduce postneonatal mortality.
8 hours ago
Treatment with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) appears to reduce the risk of radiographic hand osteoarthritis progression in distal interphalangeal joints but not in proximal interphalangeal joints for up to 10 years, according to a study.
Tristan Manalac, 12 hours ago
In overweight and obese adults, consumption of milk, water, sugar-sweetened soft drinks  and noncalorie soft drinks appears to have comparable effects on the markers of type 2 diabetes, a recent study has shown.
13 hours ago
Laparoscopic adhesiolysis in carefully selected patients with chronic abdominal pain confers positive effect lasting beyond 15 years after surgery, according to a new study. However, various abdominal symptoms persist even as patients report pain relief.
14 hours ago
Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC)-associated intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) and vitamin K antagonists-ICH appear to have similar ICH volume, haematoma expansion, functional outcome and mortality, results of a recent meta-analysis have shown.
16 hours ago
The total number of shockwave therapy significantly affects treatment efficacy, according to a recent study, which has shown improved sexual function in erectile dysfunction patients undergoing 12 vs 6 shockwave therapy sessions.
Daily oral fatty acid (FA) supplementation appears to yield clinical improvements in parent-reported autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms in children born preterm, a recent pilot study has shown.
Special Reports
01 Mar 2018
At a cardiology conference held in Hilton Kuala Lumpur, senior consultant cardiologist Dato’ Sri Dr Azhari Rosman spoke on the importance of non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non–HDL-C) and combination therapy as a novel approach in the management of atherogenic dyslipidemia (AD).
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.
Rachel Soon, 28 Feb 2018

Recent developments on CDK 4/6 trials in patients with oestrogen receptor-positive metastatic breast cancers (ER+ MBC) were reviewed at ESMO and ASCO 2017.

01 Feb 2018
Since its introduction in 1975, ultrasound imaging has played an important role in assisting clinical diagnosis. Ultrasound is a painless, noninvasive and radiation-free procedure that captures the images of soft tissues, which oftentime do not show up well on X-rays. This article discusses technological advancements in ultrasound imaging, focusing on recent advances in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) technology.
01 Feb 2018
Through a cardiology webcast hosted by Pfizer, Dr Jeyamalar Rajadurai, Dr Salim Virani and Dr Pamela Morris shared their insights into the importance of primary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
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).
29 Jan 2018

Role of comprehensive genomic profiling in personalized treatment

Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 16 Mar 2018
The combination of low-dose rivaroxaban and aspirin reduces the incidence of major adverse limb events (MALE) in patients with stable lower-extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), a sub-study of the COMPASS* trial has shown.
Pearl Toh, 15 Mar 2018
The approved psoriasis therapy ustekinumab also reduces aortic vascular inflammation, along with improved psoriasis severity, compared with placebo in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, according to the VIP-U* study presented at the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 14 Mar 2018

The use of a non-invasive, wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) in addition to medical therapy did not significantly reduce the incidence of sudden and non-sudden death within 3 months of an acute myocardial infarction (MI), results from the VEST* trial show.

Elvira Manzano, 14 Mar 2018
High-dose statin preloading does not cut the 30-day event risk in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the SECURE-PCI* study. But in patients with ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), preloading with high-dose atorvastatin reduced the risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE).
Audrey Abella, 14 Mar 2018
The SGLT2* inhibitor canagliflozin reduced the risk of cardiovascular (CV) death or hospitalization for heart failure (HF) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and high CV risk, according to investigators of the CANVAS** programme presented at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session & Expo (ACC.18) in Orlando, Florida, US.

Jairia Dela Cruz, 14 Mar 2018
The novel bioengineered dual therapy COMBO stent appears to be safe and effective at 1-year follow-up, according to pooled patient-level data from two registries.
14 Mar 2018
Podcast: Dr Ruth Webster speaks on the novel 3-in-1 polypill for lowering blood pressure in TRIUMPH
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