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Pearl Toh, 6 minutes ago
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had primary nonresponse to an anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agent ─ or inadequate response to the initial loading doses ─ were less likely to respond to second-line biologics compared with those who had secondary loss of response (LOR) or intolerance to the primary therapy, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018 held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
Stephen Padilla, 6 minutes ago
A Singapore study examining data from emergency medical services has found that several drowning incidents occur in private pools without a lifeguard and has thus recommended that a rescuer be present at every pool.
Tristan Manalac, an hour ago
Highly myopic Asian adolescents show significant progression of the disease and of retinal and disc lesions, such as incident fundus tessellation and optic disc tilt, according to a recent Singapore study.
Tristan Manalac, an hour ago
There appears to be a link between prenatal ultrasound and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a recent study, which shows an association between greater mean depth of ultrasonographic penetration during the first and second trimesters and ASD relative to typical development.
2 hours ago
Physical and mental health-related quality of life deteriorates in patients with bladder cancer who undergo radical cystectomy vs noncancer controls, reflecting that of patients with colorectal cancer, according to a study.
3 hours ago
Using simple noninvasive scores, a high prevalence of hepatic steatosis and advanced fibrosis has been detected in a large cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), reports a recent study.
5 hours ago
Resistance training appears to confer significant benefits for inflammation and insulin pathway profiles in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors, according to a study. However, the magnitude and degree of benefit from exercise may be influenced by whether or not women gained strength and/or lost weight during exercise.
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, 21 Feb 2018
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had primary nonresponse to an anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agent ─ or inadequate response to the initial loading doses ─ were less likely to respond to second-line biologics compared with those who had secondary loss of response (LOR) or intolerance to the primary therapy, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018 held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Feb 2018

The use of a ticagrelor/aspirin combination was more successful than a clopidogrel/aspirin combination in reducing the rate of high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HOPR) in patients with a recent minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), according to results of the PRINCE* trial conducted in China.

Audrey Abella, 20 Feb 2018
Use of the gut-selective anti-integrin monoclonal antibody vedolizumab was associated with favourable treatment outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to studies presented at the 2018 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress (CCC).
Christina Lau, 20 Feb 2018
Combining axitinib with pembrolizumab results in an “unprecedented” objective response rate (ORR) in treatment-naïve patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), results of an ongoing phase Ib trial have shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Feb 2018

Pembrolizumab demonstrated promising results in several outcomes among patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose disease progressed on or who were unable to tolerate treatment with sorafenib, findings from the KEYNOTE-224* trial show.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 19 Feb 2018

Current evidence is not enough to identify the exact relationship between uric acid, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and cardiovascular disease, says a nephrologist.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 19 Feb 2018

The latest hypertension guideline released by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) states that a systolic blood pressure (BP) of 130 mmHg or diastolic of 80 mmHg is classified as hypertension but a specialist begs to differ.

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