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New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) may develop following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), but is extremely rare after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), among patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) undergoing revascularization in the EXCEL* trial, according to a study. Furthermore, NOAF development is strongly associated with subsequent death and stroke in CABG-treated patients.
Stephen Padilla, an hour ago
The risk of heart failure admission to hospital appears to be lower with canagliflozin in direct comparisons with three different classes of nongliflozin diabetes alternatives including DPP-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i), GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RA) or sulfonylureas, as used in routine care, a recent study suggests. Moreover, the risk of myocardial infarction or stroke is comparable between canagliflozin and nongliflozin antidiabetic drugs.
3 hours ago
The rates of antibiotic prophylaxis appear to be low among paediatric patients with sickle cell anaemia (SCA), and this is despite national recommendations and established lifesaving benefit of the treatment approach, according to a study.
15 hours ago
In patients on haemodialysis, supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) appears to be protective against the primary loss of arteriovenous access patency, but have little or no effect on dialysis suitability failure, access interventions or access abandonment, a study reports.
19 hours ago
Laparoscopic repair of perforated peptic ulcers (PPU) appears to be better than open repair, leading to lower rates of wound infection, reduced postoperative pain and shorter hospitalization, a recent study has shown.
23 hours ago
Tasmusolin is effective in medical expulsive therapy for distal ureteral stones, showing significantly better expulsion rates for stones >5 mm, a recent study has shown.
Tristan Manalac, 23 hours ago
Of the newly identified genetic loci for primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG), two are significantly associated with primary angle-closure suspect (PACS), indicating involvement in the earlier stages of the disease, a recent Singapore study has shown.
Special Reports
01 Feb 2018
Since its introduction in 1975, ultrasound imaging has played an important role in assisting clinical diagnosis. Ultrasound is a painless, noninvasive and radiation-free procedure that captures the images of soft tissues, which oftentime do not show up well on X-rays. This article discusses technological advancements in ultrasound imaging, focusing on recent advances in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) technology.
01 Feb 2018
Through a cardiology webcast hosted by Pfizer, Dr Jeyamalar Rajadurai, Dr Salim Virani and Dr Pamela Morris shared their insights into the importance of primary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
30 Jan 2018
At a continuing medical education webcast hosted by GlaxoSmithKline, Dr Gyneth Lourdes G. Bibera discussed on preventive strategies against rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE).
29 Jan 2018

Role of comprehensive genomic profiling in personalized treatment

22 Jan 2018
During the recent 2017 Engelhard-Delfi Conference, organized by Delfi Marketing Sdn Bhd, three renowned speakers shared their insights into paediatric respiratory medicine.
22 Jan 2018
Literature suggests that IPF is either the first or second most common interstitial lung disease (ILD) in pulmonology practice, with prevalence ranging from 17–86%. At the recent 3rd Respiratory Forum organized by Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr Felix Chua shared his insights into the importance of advancing the treatment paradigm of IPF, and the role of nintedanib (OFEV®) in its management.
22 Jan 2018
The human body is home to an estimated 100 trillion microbial cells and a quadrillion viruses, which are collectively known as the human microbiota. Recently, the human microbiota has gained the attention of the scientific fraternity for its roles in health and diseases, with some quarters referring to it as the 'forgotten organ'. Imbalances in the usual composition of commensal or symbiotic species in a localized area of the body is known as microbial shift or dysbiosis, and this condition may result in infections caused by opportunistic pathogens, thereby impacting the natural defence mechanism of the human body.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 13 Feb 2018
Combining the anticoagulant rivaroxaban with aspirin reduces the risk of ischaemic stroke by almost half without a significant increase in the risk of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) or haemorrhagic transformation compared with aspirin alone in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), according to new data from the COMPASS* study presented at ISC 2018.
Christina Lau, 12 Feb 2018
Chinese patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have higher response rates, longer survival and a lower risk of fatigue when enzalutamide is used in earlier rather than later lines of treatment, a study by the Hong Kong Society of Uro-Oncology has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Feb 2018

The use of tenecteplase may be a suitable alternative to alteplase prior to endovascular thrombectomy in patients with a large vessel ischaemic stroke, according to results of the EXTEND-IA TNK* study.

Pearl Toh, 09 Feb 2018
Rifaximin, an antibiotic that has been approved for treating IBS-D*, may also benefit patients with Crohn's disease (CD), suggests a study presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018.
Pearl Toh, 08 Feb 2018
Using the JAK* inhibitor tofacitinib as induction therapy for Crohn’s disease (CD) can promote disease remission in certain patients selected based on baseline endoscopic evidence of inflammation, according to a post hoc analysis presented at the recent Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Feb 2018

A combination of the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin and blood pressure-lowering drugs candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide led to a significant 44 percent reduction in the risk of first strokes among individuals with an intermediate risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease, results from the HOPE-3* study showed.

Christina Lau, 07 Feb 2018
Adding docetaxel to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) can prevent prostate-specific antigen (PSA) progression and delay the development of castration resistance in Chinese patients with metastatic hormone-naïve prostate cancer, a study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has shown.
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