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There appears to be a paradox in the context of smoking and the risk of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), such that current smoking increases the risk of developing PsA in the general population but protects against the same risk among patients with psoriasis, according to a study.
Tristan Manalac, 4 hours ago
Consumption of peanuts, walnuts and tree nuts appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to recent large prospective cohort studies.
4 hours ago
High concentrations of circulating chemerin are associated with elevated risks of heart failure (HF), a recent study suggests. On the other hand, omentin-1 levels were not correlated with HF risk.
5 hours ago
Endurance exercise appears to have a direct effect on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentrations, according to a new study. Moreover, sex disparity exists in the serum 25(OH)D response to acute endurance exercise, and men have greater increase in 25(OH)D concentrations than women.
8 hours ago
Resveratrol, piceatannol and analogues demonstrate a high potency both as inhibitors of androgen synthesis and androgen receptor activation, according to a study, suggesting the potential of such compounds in the chemoprevention of prostate cancer.
20 hours ago
Z-drugs carry an increased risk of fractures, which also suggest a potentially heightened risk of falls and injuries, in older adults, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
In preschoolers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), negative parenting techniques, such as physical intrusions, appear to increase respiratory sinus arrhythmia and pre-ejection period, a new study shows. This suggests that improvements in parent-child interactions affect autonomic responses in this population.
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
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]

Elaine Soliven, 06 Nov 2017
Greater waist circumference (WC) may be a useful predictor for elevated blood pressure (BP) in children and adolescents, according to a study presented at the 13th Asian-Pacific Congress of Hypertension held in Singapore.
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