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Pearl Toh, 2 hours ago
Toddlers with a longer screen viewing time were more sedentary and spent less time engaged in physical activity later in life at age 5.5 years, according to the GUSTO* study — supporting the hypothesis that screen viewing may have negative influence on health by displacing physical activity.
3 hours ago
The intranasal delivery of ketamine appears to be effective in inducing pain relief in children with migraines, while minimizing side effects, a new study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 7 hours ago

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy with S-1 and oxaliplatin (SOX) may be a suitable treatment measure for patients with advanced gastric or esophagogastric junction adenocarcinoma, according to the RESONANCE* trial presented at ASCO GI 2020.

8 hours ago
Isoniazid preventive therapy is safe to use in pregnant women with HIV, especially those with a CD4 count <350 cells/μl, conferring protection against incident tuberculosis (TB) without deleterious maternal and foetal consequences, a study has shown.
8 hours ago
An association exists between the gene encoding adhesion G protein-coupled receptor L3 (ADGRL3) and childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is consistent with the gene’s role in early neurodevelopment, reports a study.
Stephen Padilla, 9 hours ago
Nocturia, or waking from sleep two or more times at night to void, appears to slightly increase the risk of mortality, results of a systematic review and meta-analysis have shown.
10 hours ago
No significant difference is seen between entecavir and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) in terms of their effectiveness for preventing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), according to a recent study.
Special Reports
Pank Jit Sin, 28 Jan 2020

The interest in healthcare and medicine is evident from companies in fields unrelated to healthcare venturing into the scene. With this interest is the boom of healthcare facilities, both clinics and hospitals, being set up in the country. As of end 2017, Malaysia counted 200 private hospitals with 14,799 beds. [, Accessed on 18 November]

The recent launch of Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) coincides with the boom of hospitals established in the country. However, its founding should not be seen as jumping on the bandwagon. Rather, the hospital is a carefully planned and executed venture. MIMS spoke to SMCV’s Chief Executive Officer, Wilson Choo, to get his insights on the establishment of SMCV and his vision for SMCV in the short and long term.

23 Jan 2020
Bumrungrad International Hospital was founded in 1980 and has since grown to become one of the most reputable hospitals in the region. The recipient of numerous international awards and accreditations, Bumrungrad International is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, catering to over 1.1 million patients from over 190 countries annually.

In an exclusive interview with MIMS, Kenny Lim, Chief Information Technology Officer of Bumrungrad International Hospital shared his views on how the hospital has continued to improve its services to patients with particular emphasis on the use of clinical decisions support tools.
09 Jan 2020
In collaboration with the Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy,Sanofi Pasteur Malaysia commemorated the launch of VaxigripTetra® by inviting three distinguished speakers to provide valuable insights into the prevalence of influenza and how vaccination can truly impact the health status of patients in general.
23 Dec 2019
At a Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society Congress, renowned cardiologist Prof John Camm provided the latest evidence for chronic stable angina with or without concomitant diseases, with a special focus on the antianginal agent ranolazine and combination therapies. The event was chaired and moderated by Dr Dante Morales from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.
23 Dec 2019
At a recent Pfizer-sponsored symposium, held in conjunction with the 17th Urological Association of Asia Congress at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Professor Bannakij Lojanapiwat gave a lecture on the pathophysiology and management of overactive bladder (OAB) and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), highlighting the importance of individualised pharmacological intervention in optimizing patient outcomes.
10 Dec 2019
Oral H1-antihistamines are the initial treatment of choice for allergic rhinitis (AR) and chronic urticaria in the primary care setting. However, in a diverse population of patients with AR and urticaria, primary care physicians are faced with the challenge of prescribing the best therapy amid a wide armamentarium of antihistamines available.
01 Dec 2019
Macrolide antibiotics are derived from the Streptomycesspecies. These contain either 14-membered (erythromycin [ERM],clarithromycin [CAM], roxithromycin [RXM]), 15-membered(azithromycin [AZM]) or 16-membered (spiramycin, josamycin,midecamycin) macrocyclic lactone rings. They inhibit proteinsynthesis by reversibly binding to the 23S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)in the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome. Traditionally,macrolides are used as first-line agents in respiratory, skin,soft tissue, and urogenital infections, and they are also activeagainst gram-positive cocci and atypical pathogens.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 14 Feb 2020
Donor selection for faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) can make a difference to maintenance of long-term remission in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), reveals a study presented at the 2020 Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC).
Pearl Toh, 13 Feb 2020
Dose escalation of ustekinumab appears to be an effective option for Crohn’s disease (CD) patients with luminal and perianal manifestations who were nonresponsive to previous therapies, according to a study presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2020.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Feb 2020

The humanized monoclonal antibody mirikizumab appears to reduce bowel movement urgency among patients with moderate to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a study presented at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress 2020.

Pearl Toh, 12 Feb 2020
Vedolizumab was similarly effective as infliximab in the control of arthralgias in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the real world, suggests a head-to-head study presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2020.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 Feb 2020

Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not appear to have an elevated risk of lymphoma following treatment with anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agents, according to a study presented at the recent Crohn’s and Colitis Congress 2020.

Christina Lau, 10 Feb 2020

Adding pegilodecakin, a pegylated form of interleukin-10 (IL-10), to second-line FOLFOX chemotherapy does not significantly improve overall survival (OS) or other outcomes in patients with advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) as compared with FOLFOX alone, results of the phase III SEQUOIA trial have shown.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Feb 2020

Children with ulcerative colitis (UC) who undergo a proctocolectomy may have an increased risk of readmission to hospital 30 days after their initial hospital admission, according to a retrospective cohort study presented at the recent Crohn’s and Colitis Congress 2020.

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