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Pearl Toh, 3 hours ago
The use of SGLT-2* inhibitors was not associated with a higher risk of severe or nonsevere urinary tract infections (UTI) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) compared with DPP**-4 inhibitors or GLP-1*** receptor agonists, a population-based cohort study shows.
4 hours ago
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is an independent risk factor for all-cause dementia, with the greatest risk observed in patients who are insulin-dependent and obese, a recent study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 8 hours ago

Weight- and blood pressure (BP) management strategies could promote the reversion from prediabetes to normoglycaemia, according to results of the SNAC-K* study.

8 hours ago
Using statins may improve survival among elderly adults with rectal cancer, a recent study has shown.
8 hours ago
Functional surgery (FS) and amputation both confer comparable rates of local recurrence of in situ or minimally invasive nail melanoma, reports a recent meta-analysis.
9 hours ago
Maltreatment experienced during childhood appears to lead to hypersensitivity in adulthood, which is characterized by discomfort of fast touch and a preference for wider interpersonal distance, a recent study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 10 hours ago
Current single-disease clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) poorly address the patient-centred care approach for older adults with multimorbidity and, when applied cumulatively, create a treatment burden that is time-consuming, costly and disruptive, according to a Singapore study.
Special Reports
11 Sep 2019
At the recent 10th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS) Annual Congress(MAC) held in Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Dr Wong Ming, a consultant endocrinologist from Sunway Medical Centre, spoke on the role of non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non–HDL-c) as an emerging marker and treatment target for cardiovascular (CV) disease. Additionally, she also highlighted the role of fenofibrate in delaying and preventing diabetic retinopathy (DR).
Prof. Vincent Wong, Prof. Ray Kim, Dr. Tan Poh Seng, 10 Sep 2019
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains a major public health concern because of its worldwide distribution and potential adverse sequelae, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). At a recent symposium held during the GIHep Singapore 2019, Professor Vincent Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor Ray Kim from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, US, discussed antiviral treatments for CHB, with a focus on the novel agent tenofovir alafenamide (Vemlidy®). Dr Tan Poh Seng from the National University Hospital, Singapore, chaired the symposium.
Prof. Rafael R. Castillo, Dr. Hyo Seung Ahn, 20 Aug 2019
Major trials have demonstrated the benefits of beta-blockers in the treatment of hypertension.1 At a recent symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology 2019 Congress in Manila, Philippines, experts discussed the latest guidelines on hypertension treatment, with a focus on the role of the 3rd generation beta-blocker, nebivolol. The symposium was chaired by Dr Dante D. Morales, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and featured renowned cardiologists Prof Rafael R. Castillo and Dr Hyo Seung Ahn.
19 Aug 2019
The cost of hospitalization for complications associatedwith influenza can be reduced significantly through theprevention of influenza infection.5 Cost savings mayincrease exponentially if one considers the control ofinfluenza outbreaks, especially in the aged care homesetting.
14 Aug 2019
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common primary tumour arising from the kidney, constituting approximately 80–85% of primary renal neoplasms. According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report 2007–2011, RCC accounts for 62.8% of all kidney cancers nationwide. RCC typically occurs approximately 50% more commonly in men compared with women, and predominantly occurs in the sixth to eighth decade of life.
23 Jul 2019
In an environment where children can interact openly, highly infectious diseases, such asinfluenza, have the potential to spread among childrenand those they come in contact with. Once infected,parents or siblings may have to take time off work or school to recover and to avoid spreading the disease to other healthy individuals.
22 Jul 2019
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, ubiquinone) is a fat-soluble, potent physiological antioxidant that is required for the production of cellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP). CoQ10 can be obtained through tissue synthesis and diet, and it has been widely studied in patients with cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. The effects of oral CoQ10 supplementation in different patient subgroups are presented here.
Conference Reports
Audrey Abella, 17 Sep 2019
The potent P2Y12 inhibitor prasugrel significantly reduced the incidence of death, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with or without ST-segment elevation (STE) compared with ticagrelor, according to the results of the ISAR-REACT* 5 trial presented at ESC Congress 2019. Moreover, the improved anti-ischaemic efficacy of prasugrel was not accompanied by an increased bleeding risk.
Pearl Toh, 16 Sep 2019
A single testing of cardiac troponin I using a high-sensitivity assay can effectively rule out myocardial infarction (MI) without compromising safety, according to the HiSTORIC* study presented at the ESC 2019 Congress.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Sep 2019

A newly developed clinical risk score can identify patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) at greatest risk for hospitalization for heart failure (HHF) who would derive the most benefit from treatment with dapagliflozin, according to a study presented at ESC 2019.

16 Sep 2019
Prof Deepak Bhatt gives a rundown of the findings from THEMIS and THEMIS-PCI
16 Sep 2019
Podcast: Prof Derek Chew explains the importance of a 1-hour troponin T protocol in suspected ACS as discussed in the RAPID-TnT trial
15 Sep 2019
Podcast: Dr Shamir Mehta briefly discusses the clinical impact of findings from the COMPLETE trial
Elaine Soliven, 13 Sep 2019
The incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related deaths is more common in low-income countries (LICs), while cancer-related deaths have increased in high-income countries (HICs) and some middle-income countries (MICs), according to new data from the PURE+ study presented at ESC 2019.
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