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Individuals with comorbidities such as hypertension and respiratory system and cardiovascular diseases may have a greater susceptibility to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, a study suggests.
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Daily intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with elevated triglyceride levels and lower HDL cholesterol levels, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the Framingham Heart Study with up to 23 years of follow-up.
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Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are generally at risk of bleeding complications, which prolonged courses of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) could aggravate, a recent study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 hours ago

A study from South Korea, presented at ENDO 2020, suggested that individuals who work long hours may be at risk of developing hypothyroidism.

Elvira Manzano, 17 hours ago
A once-weekly tuberculosis (TB) prevention regimen of isoniazid 900 mg and rifapentine 900 mg given for 3 months (3HP) resulted in higher treatment completion rates vs isoniazid daily for 6 months (6H) in patients with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), a study released at CROI 2020 has shown.
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Ingenol mebutate is safe and effective in the treatment of patients with actinic keratosis, in addition to exerting a positive impact on quality of life, as shown in a study.
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Platelet aggression is inhibited in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) following subcutaneous administration of selatogrel, which induces a profound, rapid, and dose-related antiplatelet response, according to a study.
Special Reports
21 May 2020
At the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Osteoporosis Society (MOS), Dr Chan Siew Pheng discussed the role of alfacalcidol (One-Alpha®) in the treatment of osteoporosis (OP) and presented several patient profiles where alfacalcidol exhibited efficacy in increasing bone mineral density (BMD).
11 May 2020
This second issue revisits the impact EMPA-REG OUTCOME had on clinical practice and helps readers discover how it gives life back to patients through its cardiovascular indication. Learn how it was approved and the possible mechanisms for its cardiovascular benefits.
05 May 2020
Heart failure (HF) is a global public health concern, affecting about 38 million individuals globally.1 Several studies suggest a rising prevalence of HF, which could be attributed to the ageing of the population, along with improved HF survival owing to the tremendous advancement in HF therapy.2–4 In this case study, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Murtazam shares his clinical experience in managing a patient with HF and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and multiple hospitalisations.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 23 Apr 2020

Dropping aspirin after 3 months of dual therapy with ticagrelor reduced bleeding in patients with diabetes who have undergone PCI* vs taking both agents for 1 year, the TWILIGHT-DM** study has shown, consistent with benefits seen in TWILIGHT for other high-risk patients.

Audrey Abella, 23 Apr 2020
Among patients undergoing complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) who completed 3 months of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) comprising aspirin and the potent P2Y12-receptor inhibitor ticagrelor, aspirin withdrawal led to fewer bleeding episodes without increasing the risk of ischaemic events compared with continued DAPT, according to data from the TWILIGHT-COMPLEX* subanalysis presented at ACC.20/WCC Virtual.
Pearl Toh, 23 Apr 2020
Taking ticagrelor alone — and dropping aspirin — after 3 months of DAPT* post-PCI** significantly reduced bleeding events without increasing the risk of ischaemic adverse events compared with continuing a DAPT of ticagrelor plus aspirin, the TICO*** trial has shown.
08 Apr 2020
This is the first issue in a series of five articles celebrating the fifth anniversary of EMPA-REG OUTCOME’s trial data release. This issue brings insight to the trial’s background, study design and key results.
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 28 May 2020

A study from South Korea, presented at ENDO 2020, suggested that individuals who work long hours may be at risk of developing hypothyroidism.

Elvira Manzano, 28 May 2020
A once-weekly tuberculosis (TB) prevention regimen of isoniazid 900 mg and rifapentine 900 mg given for 3 months (3HP) resulted in higher treatment completion rates vs isoniazid daily for 6 months (6H) in patients with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), a study released at CROI 2020 has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 May 2020

The use of a vaginal cleansing intervention prior to Caesarean delivery reduced the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a study presented at ACOG 2020. However, the addition of intravenous (IV) azithromycin prophylaxis had no added impact on SSI rates. 

Audrey Abella, 26 May 2020
A novel, investigational vaginal pH regulator (VPR) – a nonhormonal, water-based, petroleum-free contraceptive vaginal gel – improved genitourinary (GU) side effects and sexual satisfaction in women who are at risk of pregnancy but are not aiming to conceive, interim findings from the phase III AMPOWER* trial show.
Pearl Toh, 21 May 2020
A levonorgestrel (LNG)-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) maintains high contraceptive efficacy up to 6 years, which is beyond the 5-year period it is currently approved for, according to data from the Mirena Extension Trial (MET) released during the ACOG 2020 Meeting.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 May 2020

The combination of olaparib and bevacizumab as maintenance therapy for advanced ovarian cancer appears to confer the greatest progression-free survival (PFS) benefit in women without residual macroscopic disease following upfront cytoreductive surgery, according to an analysis of the phase III PAOLA-1* trial.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 18 May 2020

Post hoc analyses of the LIBERTY AD SOLO 1 & 2* and ADOL** trials demonstrated significant reductions in pruritus, anxiety, and depression with dupilumab in adults and adolescents with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD).

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