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Pearl Toh, 3 hours ago

Dr Paul Chiam, a senior consultant cardiologist at The Heart & Vascular Centre, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing hypertension in the primary care setting.

3 hours ago
Marijuana use, regardless of frequency, does not appear to delay time to pregnancy in men and women, a study has found.
15 hours ago
In patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infections on nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) treatment, normal on-treatment alanine aminotransferase levels are associated with lower risks of hepatic events, a recent study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 hours ago

More hours spent sitting or sleeping were tied to a reduced risk of total knee replacement (TKR) surgery due to severe knee osteoarthritis, according to a study from Singapore. In contrast, longer hours of physical activity were associated with an elevated risk for requiring TKR.

19 hours ago
Older men with Peyronie’s disease presenting with erectile dysfunction and extreme penile curvature are likely to report high levels of psychological distress, a study has found.
20 hours ago
A recent study has shown that ipsilateral infiltration of local anaesthesia (LA) containing epinephrine in the paranasal tissues prior to external dacryocystorhinostomy under total intravenous general anaesthesia (TIVA) results in a 28-percent decrease in mean propofol usage and a 61-percent reduction in remifentanil usage.
Stephen Padilla, 21 hours ago
Statin treatment does not appear to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) or all-cause mortality in patients without type 2 diabetes (T2D) aged ≥75 years, even when the incidence of atherosclerotic CVD is significantly higher than the risk thresholds proposed for statin use, according to a recent study.
Special Reports
01 Sep 2018
The “Stay healthy: You call the shots” meeting, hosted by Sanofi Pasteur, was held at Thistle Port Dickson. During the meeting, Dr Ho Bee Kiau, Dr Leong Chee Loon and Dr Salehuddin Samsudin shared their insights into the role of influenza vaccination in reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), complications in high-risk patient populations, and dispelling vaccination myths among patients.
01 Sep 2018
Ischaemic heart disease was the principal cause of death in Malaysia in 2016, and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is noted as the deadliest clinical presentation of Acute Coronary Syndrome. At the National Heart Association of Malaysia’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Professor Dr Wan Azman Wan Ahmad shared his insights into the management of STEMI in Malaysia, highlighting the implications of the recent TREAT trial.
13 Aug 2018
At a lunch seminar hosted by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Dr Annemiek de Ruiter spoke on the recent updates on dolutegravir (Tivicay, GSK) as an ideal antiretroviral (ARV) agent for the management of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
06 Aug 2018
At a recent dinner symposium held in conjunction with the launch of Ensure® Gold™, Mr Zhongyuan Liu detailed the constituents of the new, improved formulation, and discussed its benefits for muscle and bone health, especially in elderly people receiving insufficient nutrition and experiencing loss of strength.
02 Aug 2018
At a dinner symposium at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dato’ Prepageran Narayanan presented the data concerning allergic rhinitis (AR) in Malaysia, and he discussed the role of intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) in managing AR.
31 Jul 2018
A wound is a disruption of the normal structure and function of the epidermis. Wounds maybe caused by acute traumatic injury to the skin, or other aetiologies that cause initially intact skin to break down. Recently, Dato’ Dr Ho Teik Kok shared his insights into the importance of micronutrients for wound recovery, stressing on the importance of treating the underlying diseases that may impede wound healing.
24 Jul 2018
At a recent dinner symposium held during the Abstral® Grand Launch at Le Meridien Putrajaya, Dr Michael Überall spoke on the management of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) and highlighted the role of sublingual fentanyl ([SLF], Abstral®; A. Menarini Pte Ltd) in the optimization of BTcP in cancer patients.
Conference Reports
Jackey Suen, 22 Sep 2018

The addition of sildenafil to nintedanib provides no improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to results of the INSTAGE study presented at the 28th European Respiratory Society International Congress 2018 (ERS 2018).

Pearl Toh, 20 Sep 2018
The survival benefits conferred by blood pressure (BP) and lipid-lowering medications persist even after more than a decade following the end of the original trial, according to results from the ASCOT* Legacy study.
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 19 Sep 2018

Digital mindfulness is an acceptable nonpharmacological intervention that can be integrated with existing treatment for patients with asthma to improve quality of life, according to a study from the UK reported at the recent European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018.

Christina Lau, 19 Sep 2018

The anti–interleukin-5 (anti–IL-5) agent reslizumab significantly improves disease control and lung function and reduces the need for oral steroid maintenance therapy in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma, results of a real-life study have shown.

Christina Lau, 19 Sep 2018

Interstitial lung abnormalities (ILA), a common finding in low-dose chest CT, are associated with a 5.5-fold increase in risk of lung cancer over long-term follow-up, according to a study reported at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018.

Christina Lau, 10 Sep 2018

Very early invasive coronary angiography within 12 hours does not significantly improve long-term outcomes of patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) compared with the standard strategy of evaluation within 48–72 hours, according to results of the VERDICT trial reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.

Christina Lau, 07 Sep 2018

In patients with left-sided infective endocarditis in stable condition, switching to oral antibiotics is as effective and safe as continued treatment with intravenous (IV) antibiotics, according to results of the POET trial reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.

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