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Depressive symptoms (DS) do not seem to be highly prevalent in elderly and middle-aged adults, a recent China study has shown. However, marital status, body mass index, smoking, and certain health conditions such as cancer and other chronic diseases are associated with DS.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 12 hours ago

The interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) inhibitor canakinumab did not prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in patients with prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to results of the CANTOS* trial.

12 hours ago
Exposure to high levels of ambient particulate matter (PM10) during pregnancy appears to be associated with an increased risk of abnormal foetal growth, a study has shown.
14 hours ago
In children with overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) receiving parasacral transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), nocturnal enuresis is associated with a poor outcome, a recent study has shown.
Pearl Toh, 15 hours ago
Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Andrew Kates, vice chair of ACC.18 Scientific Session about what’s new in cardiology and what ACC.18 has to offer.
Stephen Padilla, 15 hours ago
Frequent attenders (FAs) at the emergency department (ED) include elderly patients with chronic illnesses requiring frequent hospital care and young adults with low-acuity complaints, according to a Singapore study. The most common diagnoses associated with these ED visits include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Tristan Manalac, 16 hours ago
There appears to be a link between excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in elderly adults without dementia and the increase over time in amyloid β (Aβ) accumulation, suggesting EDS indicates vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease pathology, a recent study has shown.
Special Reports
Dr. Devdatt Palnitkar, 16 Mar 2018
Dr Devdatt Palnitkar of the Palnitkar Hospital, Aurangabad, India, shared a practical guide to treating mild to moderate Overactive bladder (OAB).
01 Mar 2018
At a cardiology conference held in Hilton Kuala Lumpur, senior consultant cardiologist Dato’ Sri Dr Azhari Rosman spoke on the importance of non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non–HDL-C) and combination therapy as a novel approach in the management of atherogenic dyslipidemia (AD).
01 Mar 2018
At the 13th Asian Congress of Paediatric Nephrology 2017 in conjunction with the 39th Malaysian Paediatric Association Annual Congress, Dr Wanatpreeya Phongsamart spoke on the importance of influenza vaccination in children, highlighting the role of quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in providing a broader protection against influenza. Meanwhile, Emeritus Professor Somsak Lolekha shared his insights into the effectiveness of a hexavalent vaccine in paediatric immunization, and discussed its role in the Malaysian paediatric immunization schedule.
Rachel Soon, 28 Feb 2018

Recent developments on CDK 4/6 trials in patients with oestrogen receptor-positive metastatic breast cancers (ER+ MBC) were reviewed at ESMO and ASCO 2017.

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).
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 21 Mar 2018
Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Andrew Kates, vice chair of ACC.18 Scientific Session about what’s new in cardiology and what ACC.18 has to offer.
Pearl Toh, 20 Mar 2018
Delayed administration of ticagrelor after fibrinolysis appears to be as safe as clopidogrel with regards to TIMI* major bleeding risk at 30 days in patients younger than 75 years with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the TREAT** trial. However, there were more minor and minimal bleeding events with ticagrelor than with clopidogrel.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Mar 2018

Individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who initiate therapy with sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors have lower risks of all-cause death and cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, specifically myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, compared with those who initiate other glucose-lowering therapies, according to results from the CVD-REAL* 2 study.

Pearl Toh, 20 Mar 2018
Not only does treatment with the PCSK9* inhibitor alirocumab reduces cardiovascular (CV) events along with plunges in LDL-C levels, it was also associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality compared with placebo in patient with a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and persistently high cholesterol despite maximal statin therapy, according to top-line results from the ODYSSEY** Outcomes trial.
20 Mar 2018
Slideshow: Highlights from the American College of Cardiology 67th Annual Scientific Session (ACC)
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Mar 2018

Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who received a 6-month course of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) fared similarly to those who received the standard ≥12-month DAPT course with regards to incidence of major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events 18 months post-procedure, according to results from the SMART-DATE* trial. However, a higher incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) with 6-month DAPT precludes it from replacing the standard course.

Pearl Toh, 19 Mar 2018
A polypill containing fixed low doses of three antihypertensive drugs led to better blood pressure (BP) control without increased adverse effects compared with usual care among people with persistent hypertension, according to the TRIUMPH* trial.
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