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Pearl Toh, 9 hours ago
Patients presenting within 9 hours from stroke onset or with wake-up stroke can still benefit from thrombolytic therapy based on automated computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging-guided patient selection, according to the EXTEND* study presented at ISC 2019.
10 hours ago
Elderly adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy taking tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) or γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) analogues are at an increased risk of falls, according to a recent study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 14 hours ago

Nicotine may not have a neuroprotective effect on intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) as previously suggested in animal studies, with former or current smokers demonstrating no difference in post-ICH functional outcomes compared with non-smokers, according to findings from the US-based ERICH* study.

14 hours ago
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with neither disease activity nor serum interleukin 6 levels among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), although it may play a role in functional disability, according to a recent study from Malaysia.
15 hours ago
Indoor temperature is inversely associated with levels of blood pressure (BP), reports a recent study, suggesting that room temperature must be considered in the clinical management of hypertension and in hypertension research. It should also be considered as a modifiable risk factor in hypertension-related mortality and morbidity.
Stephen Padilla, 16 hours ago
A recent study has shown that higher maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain may increase the risk of offspring overweight/obesity throughout childhood, with the strongest effects at later ages. The additional effect of gestational weight gain in overweight/obese women before pregnancy is small.
17 hours ago
Obesity, low cardiorespiratory fitness and their combination strongly correlated with chronic disability later in life owing to a wide range of diseases and causes, suggests a recent study.
Special Reports
01 Feb 2019
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to reduce joint pain and improve joint function. Dr Sazzli Kasim provides his viewpoint on how the current understanding on cardiovascular safety of NSAIDs should be taken into account when determining optimal analgesic strategies for patients with arthritis.
30 Jan 2019
In March 2018, sublingual fentanyl citrate (SLF; Abstral®, Menarini) was made available in Malaysia. SLF is a rapid-onset opioid (ROO) indicated for the management of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) episodes in patients that are opioid-tolerant. In July 2018, Menarini organized an expert meeting, aptly named Malaysian Collaborative Meeting of Pain Specialists to Improve Oncology Management (MY-COMPASSION), comprising of key figures in anaesthesiology, palliative care and oncology to discuss current insights into local BTcP management. Below are highlights from the meeting.
Dr. Jeffrey Ross, Dr. Rohit Lal, Prof. Alwin Krämer, Dr. Rebecca Dent, Prof. Rafal Dziadziuszko, 24 Jan 2019
Comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) has emerged as a key driving force behind personalized cancer care. With the wealth of data available with CGP, medical oncologists now have in their armamentarium a tool that could enable them to provide patients with the optimum treatment. At a Roche Foundation Medicine-sponsored symposium held at the 2018 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Munich, Germany, a panel of experts reviewed key data on CGP, with a focus on the treatment of advanced cancers.
24 Jan 2019
In an era of antimicrobial resistance, newer agents are urgently needed. Ceftaroline, a broad spectrum cephalosporin approved for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTI) is a step forward towards addressing this need. MIMS Anti-Infectives interviewed Dr Asok Kurup, an infectious disease physician practising at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore, to provide some insights into the role of ceftaroline for the treatment of these conditions.
22 Jan 2019
In conjunction with the launch of QV Intensive with Ceramides (Ego Pharm), the important role of ceramides in themanagement of atopic dermatitis (AD) was highlighted by two distinguished speakers, Dr Agnes Heng of KPJ and Pantai Hospital Ipoh, as well as Dr Fabrizio Spada of Ego Pharmaceuticals, Australia.
17 Jan 2019
At the recent 34th Annual Congress of the Malaysian Society of Nephrology, Dr Kyriaki Stamatelou reviewed the role of alfacalcidol (One-Alpha®; LEO Pharma) – a vitamin D analogue – in the prevention and management of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in chronic kidney disease (CKD).
20 Dec 2018
International travellers have a potential for exposure to diseases outside their home countries and may carry nonendemic diseases between countries.1
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Feb 2019

Andexanet alfa effectively reduced anti-factor Xa activity in patients who experienced acute bleeding while on a factor Xa inhibitor*, results from the ANNEXA-4** study showed.

Audrey Abella, 20 Feb 2019
Prehospital, transdermal delivery of the nitric oxide (NO) donor nitroglycerin did not reduce blood pressure (BP) and post-stroke disability in patients with suspected ultra-acute stroke, according to the results of the RIGHT*-2 trial presented at ISC 2019, thus debunking the conventional belief that early NO administration to supplement the low vascular NO concentrations may benefit acute stroke.
Pearl Toh, 19 Feb 2019
Treatment with the second-generation hydrogel coils significantly reduces the rate of aneurysm recurrence compared with standard platinum coils, with no increase in adverse events, reveals the HEAT* study presented at ISC 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Feb 2019

Among patients with a history of stroke, an intensive blood pressure-lowering regimen did not reduce the risk of recurrent stroke compared with a standard blood pressure-lowering regimen, according to results of the RESPECT* trial presented at ISC 2019.

Elaine Soliven, 19 Feb 2019

Women diagnosed with an infection, such as urinary tract infection, pneumonia, or sepsis, during a delivery hospitalization were more likely to be readmitted for postpartum stroke, according to a study presented at ISC 2019.

Pearl Toh, 15 Feb 2019
A latest study at ISC 2019 shows that even patients with large-core stroke damage can have a good outcome after mechanical clot removal with endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), depending on the size of the infarct and time lapses between stroke onset and treatment.
Audrey Abella, 15 Feb 2019
The addition of the monoclonal antibody andecaliximab to nivolumab or a chemotherapy regimen (modified FOLFOX6*) did not provide survival benefit in patients with pretreated metastatic or untreated HER2-negative gastric/gastroesophageal (G/GEJ) adenocarcinoma, according to data presented at ASCO GI 2019.
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