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Roshini Claire Anthony, 3 hours ago

Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) experienced reductions in plasma uric acid concentrations and subsequently, fewer gout events following treatment with fenofibrate, according to a post hoc analysis of the FIELD* trial.

Pearl Toh, 6 hours ago
The decision to prescribe oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) was different between genders among low-risk patients but not in high-risk cohort, reveals the GLORIA-AF* study—reflecting a different clinical approach in both genders when CHA2DS2-VASc score=1 and that other risk factors not related to gender play a predominant role in decision making for anticoagulation.
8 hours ago
A strong linear relationship exists between mitotic rate and the odds of having a positive lymph node, results from a recent study have shown, suggesting that mitotic rate should continue to be reported on pathology reports.
9 hours ago
In elderly treated hypertensive patients, short-term ‘daytime’ and ‘weighted day–night’ systolic blood pressure (SBP) variability from ambulatory BP recordings predicts mortality better than long-term BP variability from visit-to-visit BP recordings, a recent study has shown.
23 hours ago
Gait speed is a better predictor of preclinical mobility disability than the 36-item Short-Form Survey Physical Function Index in elderly women, a recent study has shown.
Elvira Manzano, Yesterday
Prolonged sitting in middle age is tied to brain thinning, a new study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, Yesterday

Patients with locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from the Asia Pacific region had comparable overall survival (OS) regardless of whether they were treated with selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) or sorafenib. However, SIRT appeared to be more tolerable than sorafenib, according to results of the phase III SIRveNIB* trial.

Special Reports
12 Apr 2018
Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is increasingly being recognized as an accurate adjunct to clinic blood pressure measurement for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. We discussed the HOPE Asia Network’s recently published consensus recommendations on HBPM with lead author, Prof. Sungha Park.

Click here to view the interview video with one of the authors - Professor Sungha Park
12 Apr 2018
In an effort to better understand hypertension subtypes – including morning and white-coat hypertension – in Asian patients, the HOPE Asia Network has initiated the Asia BP@Home study across 12 countries and regions. We discussed the study’s design and objectives with lead investigator, Prof. Kazuomi Kario.

Click here to view the interview video with lead investigator - Professor Kazuomi Kario
Dr. Joe Lee, 12 Apr 2018

A 70-year-old male with a history of diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and hypertension managed with atenolol presented to his family physician with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). He was prescribed terazosin. Over the course of a year he noticed worsening erectile dysfunction (ED) with difficulty maintaining a hard erection until orgasm.

29 Mar 2018
Overcrowding of hospital wards, particularly in the general and emergency department, is becoming increasingly commonplace, which makes it difficult for healthcareproviders (HCPs) to provide timely and quality healthcare to all patients. The Early Warning Score (EWS) is a physiological track-and-trigger scoring system which facilitates early intervention. This article discusses how EWS can improve patient outcomes, focusing on the benefits of automated EWS systems.
22 Mar 2018
Chronic venous disease (CVD) is a common condition affecting the adult population in both industrialized and developing countries. In conjunction with the 18th Congress of the Asian Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS) 2017, a precongress venous workshop was held on 25 October 2017 at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with the aim of providing vascular surgeons with updates on modern techniques and current therapeutic options for the management of CVDs. This venous workshop was led by Professor Ngoh-Chin Liew, Dato’ Dr Teik-Kok Hoand Dr Limi Lee, and saw 12 short lecture sessions by renowned stalwarts in the field of vascular surgery.
21 Mar 2018
During the Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference held in conjunction with the World Prematurity Day 2017, Dato Dr Musa Mohd Nordin spoke on the importance of immunizing children with the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliovirus-Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) vaccine. He highlighted the role of Hexaxim® as a fully liquid, ready-to-use, 6-in-1 (including hepatitis B) vaccine for the primary and booster vaccinations of infants and toddlers. Meanwhile, Dr Yong Junina Fadzil discussed the benefits of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing children with broader protection against influenza B viruses.
21 Mar 2018
Dr Elizabeth Carpenter, Principal Scientist of Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) in New Zealand, spoke to MIMS about goat milk as a source of protein in childhood nutrition. Below are highlights from the interview.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 25 Apr 2018
Real-world studies on patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) show that dabigatran is safe with low bleeding and stroke rates when used for long term (over 2 years) or used continuously in patients undergoing cardiovascular (CV) interventions, according to phase II results of the prospective, observational, global registry programme GLORIA-AF* presented at the EHRA 2018 Annual Congress.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 24 Apr 2018

Post-menopausal women diagnosed with oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who undergo breast-conserving surgery followed by whole breast radiotherapy have a reduced risk of developing local recurrence, according to a study from Italy.

Christina Lau, 24 Apr 2018

The first-line use of osimertinib in patients with EGFR mutation–positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is associated with significant improvements in a number of post-progression endpoints compared with current standard of care (SoC), according to new data from the phase III FLAURA study.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 23 Apr 2018

Targeted antibiotic prophylaxis – after a rectal swab to identify specific intestinal flora – does not appear to significantly impact the risk of urinary sepsis following a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy, according to a recent study.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Apr 2018

Conservative management appears to be the favoured option in managing non-penetrating renal trauma with urinary extravasation, according to a study presented at EAU 2018.

Pearl Toh, 20 Apr 2018
The investigational oral synthetic androgen dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) suppresses serum testosterone levels to near castrate levels and appears safe when taken once daily for a month, showing potential as a male contraceptive pill, according to a study.
Elvira Manzano, 18 Apr 2018

An algorithm to help stratify patients with syncope requiring hospitalization vs those that can be discharged from the emergency department (ED) safely forms part of the new European Society Cardiology (ESC) syncope guidelines launched at the EHRA 2018 meeting.

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