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Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 minutes ago

An increased consumption of sugary beverages may be associated with an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). Conversely, replacing sugary drinks with noncaloric drinks may reduce this risk, a large, US-based prospective study found.

an hour ago
Implementing a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I assay with sex-specific diagnostic thresholds results in identifying five times more women than men with myocardial injury, reports a study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, an hour ago
A smartphone app intervention for type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients with poor medication adherence helps increase adherence awareness and reduce barriers to taking the medications as prescribed, according to the results of a feasibility study from Singapore.
Stephen Padilla, 2 hours ago
A dermatology outpatient setting in Singapore has seen a moderately high prevalence of steroid phobia, with gender differences for topical corticosteroids (TCS) phobia, according to a study. Misconceptions also exist regarding the side effects of steroids.
3 hours ago
Researchers have recently developed and validated 12-item short-forms of the Vitiligo Impact Patient scale (VIPs) questionnaires for fair (VIPs-12-FS) and dark (VIPs-12-DS) skin in a study.
Tristan Manalac, 4 hours ago
There seems to be no heightened risk of device-related thrombus formation when using the second-generation Amplatzer Amulet occluder, according to a recent study.
5 hours ago
Regional (RA) and general (GA) anaesthesia for surgeries result in comparable rates of global cognition decline, a recent study has found. However, RA does not seem to affect memory.
Special Reports
22 Oct 2019
Invasive meningococcal disease is a life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis that can progress rapidly and cause permanent disability.
22 Oct 2019
Topical silicone gel is considered first-line therapy against scars and is used particularly for the treatment of elevated scars,such as hypertrophic and keloid scars. In this report, Dr Yong shares his clinical experience of using silicone gel as part of his scar management strategies.
22 Oct 2019
Jointly organized by the Malaysian Medical Associationand AstraZeneca to commemorate the launch of QTERN,the Q-UEST Symposium saw three distinguished speakersproviding valuable insights into the landscape of T2DMin Malaysia and discussing the latest treatment optionsavailable in the country.
03 Oct 2019
Annual inactivated influenza vaccination is recommendedfor children with chronic asthma owing to its role indecreasing the severity of disease, complications andsecondary infections. In a resource-limited setting, thissegment of patients should be prioritized to receiveinfluenza vaccinations.
27 Sep 2019
Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (split virion, inactivated) 0.5 mL inj
27 Sep 2019
Vonoprazan 10 mg and 20 mg FC tab
24 Sep 2019
Hypertension (HPT) is defined as a persistent elevation of systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mmHg or greater and/or diastolic BP of 90 mmHg or greater, taken at least twice ontwo separate occasions. The most recent National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 that focuses on noncommunicable diseases showed that among adults aged 18 years and older, there was an increase in the prevalence of HPT from 33.6% in 2011 to 35.3%. While the proportion of patients with HPT who have attained good BP control has increased from 34.7% in 2011 to 37.4%, the awareness of the condition among patients remains poor. The prevalence of undiagnosed HPT remains high; hence, it is recommended that every adult aged 18 years and older to check their BP at least once annually, and more frequently in those with risk factors (eg, family history, obese).
Conference Reports
22 Oct 2019
A set of transformative activities and investments is key to support delivery of the highest quality and most cost-effective care for patients, according an industry leader who spoke at the recently concluded Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Asia Pacific Conference 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Oct 2019

In patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) inadequately controlled on metformin, semaglutide may have a greater impact than canagliflozin in reducing HbA1c levels and bodyweight, according to the phase IIIb SUSTAIN 8* trial presented at EASD 2019.

Pearl Toh, 17 Oct 2019
As-needed budesonide–formoterol (ICS* + LABA**) reliever therapy was more effective than maintenance low-dose budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline (maintenance ICS + as-needed SABA***) for preventing severe exacerbations in patients with mild asthma, according to the PRACTICAL study presented at ERS 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 17 Oct 2019

The antithrombotic potency of ticagrelor alone on ex vivo whole blood thrombogenicity does not differ from that of ticagrelor plus aspirin in high-risk patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to the thrombogenicity substudy of the TWILIGHT* trial.

Stephen Padilla, 17 Oct 2019
How do health systems create value? This is the question posed by Dr Anne Snowdon, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Odette School of Business in Canada, at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Conference of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 17 Oct 2019
In providing value-based healthcare, the first step is to measure outcomes relevant to patients, according to a speaker who addressed healthcare professionals at the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Asia Pacific Conference 2019.
Pearl Toh, 16 Oct 2019
In patients with high-bleeding risk, undergoing PCI* with a polymer-based drug-eluting stent (DES) was noninferior to a polymer-free drug-coated stent (DCS) when followed by a 1-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), according to the Onyx ONE** trial presented at TCT 2019.
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