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Pearl Toh, 7 hours ago
Women with pre-eclampsia or gestational hypertension during their first pregnancy had an increased risk of developing chronic hypertension, type 2 diabetes (T2D), and hypercholesterolaemia than those who were normotensive during pregnancy, according to a study. The risk persisted for several decades later, signalling these hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) as red flags for cardiovascular (CV) health for life.
8 hours ago
Small for gestational age (SGA) is independently associated with the development of delayed thyrotropin (also known as thyroid stimulating hormone [TSH]) elevation (dTSHe) among infants with a birthweight <2,000 g, according to a study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 hours ago

Older individuals with osteoporosis who adopt a Mediterranean diet and take vitamin D supplements may experience significant improvements in femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD), according to the European-based NU-AGE* trial.

13 hours ago
Treatment with denosumab in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis for 2 and/or 3, 5, and 10 years, compared with placebo, correlates with normal histology, low bone remodelling rate, increased matrix mineralization and lower mineralization heterogeneity, a recent study has shown. Such variables persist from years 5–10.
Stephen Padilla, 14 hours ago
Statistically, augmented empirical prophylaxis (AEP) is superior to single agent empirical (SAEP) and targeted prophylaxis (TP), according to a large retrospective study. In some patients, sepsis has developed despite receiving a prophylactic antibiotic to which the sepsis-causing bacteria are sensitive.
15 hours ago
Liver transplant recipients (LTRs) are vulnerable to subsequent nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs), suggests a study. Moreover, conversion to a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor/antimetabolite-based immunosuppressive regimen from a calcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppressive regimen can reduce subsequent NMSCs.
Tristan Manalac, 16 hours ago
DNA methylation at genomic sites associated with axon guidance appears to be involved in the development of depressive symptoms, according to a recent meta-analysis.
Special Reports
Dr. Steven Ang, Dr. Leo Kah Woon, 11 Jul 2018
DCH Auriga recently held their first Aesthetics and Suturing Workshop under the IMPACT continuing medical education series – a scientific platform that aims to cascade the latest updates on disease management and share best clinical practices among healthcare professionals in Singapore. Two experts on aesthetics and aesthetic surgery shared their insights on suturing techniques and current approaches for scar prevention and management.
01 Jul 2018
Airway diseases – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obstructive sleep apnoea – have a significant impact on one’s health, quality of life and daily functioning. This article discusses how technological advancements in non-invasive ventilation and home sleep testing systems help to improve patient care and outcomes.
01 Jul 2018
Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease, which is primarily spread through water droplets containing strains of the virus. Dr Leong Chee Loon shares his insights into the management of influenza in Malaysia, highlighting the importance of improving vaccination coverage in populations at high-risk of influenza-related complications, such as elderly patients and healthcare practitioners.
19 Jun 2018
There is an increasing number of studies that shed light on the importance of our gut microbiota. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host when administered in adequate amounts. With new data emerging about their proposed benefits in maintaining intestinal health, probiotics continue to gain popularity amongst consumers.
06 Jun 2018
The medical field has advanced in leaps and bounds. Along with it comes changes in the way we deal with patients or diseases. However, the fundamentals of medicine, namely patient-centred care can sometimes be sidelined in this age and among the aspects that suffer along with it are the high value of a patient’s own blood and the autonomy over his or her own body.
31 May 2018
At the recent ‘Reinforced for the Glycaemic Challenge’ symposium held at Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Associate Professor Dr Alexander Tan, Professor Dr Chee Kok Han and Dr Chan Siew Pheng shared their insights into the importance of achieving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), while simultaneously providing them with cardiovascular protection.
21 May 2018
At the recent American Society of Haematology Annual Meeting 2017, Professor François-Xavier Mahon reviewed recent studies related to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) cessation in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) who have achieved sustained deep molecular response (DMR).
Conference Reports
Saras Ramiya, 13 Jul 2018
School lunches inculcate healthy eating habits and appreciation for fresh foods among school children in Japan.
Elaine Soliven, 11 Jul 2018

Adding bevacizumab to platinum-based chemotherapy significantly improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer who were previously treated with first-line bevacizumab, according to the MITO16B - MaNGO OV2B - ENGOT OV17* study presented at ASCO 2018.

Pearl Toh, 10 Jul 2018
A dual-hormone artificial pancreas (DAP) with a rapid delivery of insulin and pramlintide in a fixed ratio improves glycaemic control and reduces glucose variability in adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) compared with first-generation artificial pancreas delivering insulin alone, according to a study presented at ADA 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 10 Jul 2018

Combining the dual sodium glucose cotransporter (SGLT) 1 and 2 inhibitor sotagliflozin with optimized insulin therapy led to sustained reductions in HbA1c levels over 1 year in adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D), according to a study presented at ADA 2018.

Saras Ramiya, 09 Jul 2018

Malaysia’s children are generally well fed but there are certain regions where their nutritional status can be further improved with inter-ministry collaboration and community management, says an expert.

Elvira Manzano, 06 Jul 2018
Combined treatment with the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide and the SGLT-2 inhibitor dapagliflozin appeared to be effective up to 2 years in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), the phase III DURATION-8 extension trial has shown.
Elvira Manzano, 06 Jul 2018
The risk of autism may be higher in children of mothers with type 1 diabetes (T1D) than those without, suggests a retrospective cohort analysis.
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