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Intraperitoneal chemotherapy is well tolerated in women with stage IIIC or IVA epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and optimal debulking surgery, as well as improves progressive disease rate compared with chemotherapy administered intravenously, according to the results of a phase II study.
Tristan Manalac, 7 hours ago
Major depressive disorder (MDD) appears to be more prevalent in females than in males, particularly in those who are divorced or widowed, a recent study from Singapore has found.
Tristan Manalac, 7 hours ago
Among males but not females, the risk of new-onset peripheral vestibular disorder (PVD) is strongly associated with a smoking history of ≥30 pack-years, a new retrospective cohort study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 9 hours ago
A systematic review and meta-analysis reveals that trials on prenatal vitamin D supplementation are being published at an accelerating pace but are generally of low quality, small and rarely designed to examine clinical outcomes.
11 hours ago
Tirofiban does not appear to contribute to an increased risk of symptomatic intracerebral haemorrhage in patients with acute ischaemic stroke undergoing endovascular thrombectomy, but rather confers benefits for survival and long-term functional independence, a study has found.
23 hours ago
Combination treatment with dabrafenib plus trametinib demonstrates robust clinical activity in BRAF V600E–mutated anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), according to a phase II study.
Elvira Manzano, Yesterday
There are no advantages to liberal use of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion over restrictive use in moderate to high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the multicentre randomized noninferiority TRICS-III* trial has shown.
Special Reports
05 Dec 2017
Computed tomography (CT) imaging has played an instrumental role in assisting clinical diagnosis since its introduction in 1971. CT scanning is a time-efficient, noninvasive procedure that is able to provide the clinician with bone, soft tissue and blood vessel imaging at the same time. This article brings to light new technological advances in CT imaging, with particular focus on spectral detector-based computed tomography (SDCT).
05 Dec 2017
At a continuing medical education webcast hosted by GlaxoSmithKline, Dr Bruce Mungall discussed preventive strategies against invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). Highlights of his presentation are summarized here.
04 Dec 2017
Management of locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma aims to improve survival and to maintain the quality of life of patients, with less likelihood of cure due to the advanced nature of disease. Upon diagnosis of the severity of liver cancer, offering appropriate and proven treatment options is important to extend the survival of these patients.
04 Dec 2017
At the 42nd Annual Dermatology Conference 2017 held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Michael J. Cork spoke on the interaction between genetic and environmental factors as a primary event in the development of atopic dermatitis (AD) and highlighted the role of topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) in the management of AD.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Advancements in genomics has paved the way for better classifications of colorectal cancers (CRC) and the use of precision therapy.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Incorporating polygenic risk scores based on 18 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) into risk stratification for breast cancer will improve screening results, says an expert.

Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 12 Dec 2017
There are no advantages to liberal use of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion over restrictive use in moderate to high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the multicentre randomized noninferiority TRICS-III* trial has shown.
Pearl Toh, 12 Dec 2017
A higher dose of pitavastatin can benefit Japanese patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with a low-dose pitavastatin, even though cardiovascular (CV) event incidence is known to be lower in Asian than Western patients, according to the REAL-CAD study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2017.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Dec 2017

A combination of ticagrelor and aspirin improved the saphenous vein graft (SVG) patency rate 12 months after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) compared with aspirin alone, according to results of the DACAB* trial from China.

Elaine Soliven, 09 Dec 2017
The use of indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) may reduce exacerbation risk in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the DACCORD* study presented at APSR 2017.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Dec 2017

The incidence of cardiovascular events in the first year following a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is comparable between patients given prasugrel and ticagrelor post-surgery, according to results of the PRAGUE-18* trial presented at AHA 2017.

Pearl Toh, 06 Dec 2017
Chest drain with fibrinolytics is as good as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the management of childhood empyema, with fibrinolytics being a cheaper option than VATS, according to a presentation at the APSR 2017 Congress.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 05 Dec 2017

Being diagnosed or treated for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) has little impact on the survival outcomes of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a study presented as a poster at APSR 2017.

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