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Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) displays comparable rates of mortality and serious composite outcomes but a higher rate of target-vessel revascularization at 10 years relative to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with significant left main coronary artery (LMCA) disease, reports a study. On the other hand, CABG delivers lower mortality and serious composite outcome rates compared with PCI with drug-eluting stents after 5 years.
In postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, treatment with raloxifene does not appear to reduce marrow adipose tissue, but it tends to increase adipocyte number, reports a recent study.
2 days ago
Accumulation of body fat appears to lead to a decline in renal function, particularly in females with high baseline percent body fat, reports a recent Taiwan study.
Pearl Toh, 2 days ago
Apixaban slashes the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) by 90 percent in cancer patients compared with the low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) dalteparin, with no increase in major bleeding risk, according to the ADAM VTE study presented at ASH 2018.
2 days ago
The combination of lidocaine and diclofenac is superior to lidocaine alone at reducing pain during benign anorectal surgery, a recent study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 2 days ago

Findings from the updated analysis of the phase III MURANO* trial solidify the role of fixed-dose venetoclax plus rituximab in a majority of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

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Less focus must be given on pretreatment blood pressure (BP) levels, which rarely predict future untreated BP levels or rule out capacity to benefit from BP lowering in high cardiovascular risk patients, according to recent study. Focus must be directed instead on prompt, empirical treatment to maintain lower BP for individuals with high BP or high risk.
Special Reports
30 Nov 2018
Despite risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) being similar around the world, the burden of CVD is not uniform across nations. Furthermore, CVD-related death in low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) has increased by two-thirds in the last 30 years, and now account for a whopping 80% of global deaths due to CVD.
30 Nov 2018
Poor adherence to statin therapy is leaving many patients with dyslipidaemia at high risk of potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events. Statins are the current standard of care for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients and for improving life expectancy, with possible economic benefits for healthcare systems too. However, many patients with dyslipidaemia are not achieving or maintaining treatment targets because they fail to stick to their prescribed statin therapy. An article co-authored by lipidologist Peter Lansberg, and published in Vascular Health and Risk Management, considers this issue and reviews approaches to overcome non-adherence.
28 Nov 2018
At the recent 22nd Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine, Dr Hazli Zakaria spoke on the importance of early optimized treatment in improving treatment outcomes in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).
28 Nov 2018
At the Abbott-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congres sat Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Dr Zanariah Hussein shared her insights into the important role of an emerging marker of hypercholesterolaemia, and its relationship with cardiovascular (CV) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) risks.
27 Nov 2018
Through a cardiology webcast co-hosted by Pfizer, the National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Dr Ong Mei Lin, Dr Aaron D. Kugelmass and Dr Tracy Wang shared their insights into the importance of secondary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
21 Nov 2018
At the AstraZeneca-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congress at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Professor Ronald Ma highlighted the role of a novel combination therapy in reducing HbA1c levels while simultaneously providing cardiovascular (CV) protection to improve patient outcomes.
21 Nov 2018
In conjunction with the launch of Dymista® in Malaysia, Mylan convened a symposium which saw distinguished speakers addressing the allergic rhinitis (AR) landscape in the country and the latest developments in treatment options.
Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 07 Dec 2018
Systemic administration of the gene therapy scAAV2/8-LP1-hFIXco to patients with severe haemophilia B led to stable therapeutic expression of the factor IX gene over 8 years without evidence of late toxicities from treatment, according to a long-term follow-up study.
Elvira Manzano, 05 Dec 2018
Apalutamide, added to standard treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), provides comparable clinical benefits among Asian vs non-Asian patients with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC), according to a subset analysis of the phase III SPARTAN study.
Elaine Soliven, 05 Dec 2018

Treatment with ramucirumab, a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody, significantly improves overall survival (OS) in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in both Asians and non-Asians, based on a pooled analysis of REACH* and REACH-2** studies presented at ESMO Asia 2018.

Jairia Dela Cruz, 05 Dec 2018
Beta blockers and/or renin-angiotensin inhibitors appear to be useful for preventing cardiotoxicity from anthracycline exposure, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2018 Congress.
Tristan Manalac, 05 Dec 2018
Despite good attitudes toward breast self-examination, being well-informed about the procedure may still not translate to improvements in practice among female healthcare workers, reports a Philippine study presented at the recently concluded European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2018 Congress.
05 Dec 2018
Podcast: Dr Brigette Ma talks about the current biomarkers for immuno-oncology
05 Dec 2018
Slideshow: Highlights from the  European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2018 Congress
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