While breast cancer survivors of childbearing age are less likely to get pregnant than the general population, most of them who do become pregnant deliver healthy babies without detrimental outcomes on their long-term survival, according to a large meta-analysis presented at the SABCS 2020 Congress.
Kids with Crohn’s disease may do well to start treatment on infliximab, which has proven to be superior to conventional regimens such as corticosteroids or exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) in terms of short-term clinical and endoscopic remission, according to the results of an open-label trial.
Removal of the gallbladder (ie, cholecystectomy) is not recommended at the time of intestinal resection among individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to data presented at AIBD 2020.
Children born to lower-income households tend to be poorly prepared for school, according to a recent Singapore study. In these households, too, the burden of depressive and anxiety symptoms among mothers appears to be high, which in turn contributes to the gap in school readiness.
Assoc Prof. Darren Poon, Assoc Prof. Edmund Chiong, 20210114000000
Metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) refers to the condition whereby patients have metastatic prostate cancer and no prior hormonal therapy or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Typically, patients with mHSPC have been treated with ADT alone, following which, the overwhelming majority develop castration resistance over time and head towards eventual mortality. In recent years, the publication of various landmark trials has prompted dramatic changes in the mHSPC treatment landscape, and had favourably impacted overall survival (OS) in these patients.
The combination of panobinostat, dexamethasone, and subcutaneous (SC) bortezomib shows promising responses in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), according to the phase II PANORAMA 3* study. Furthermore, SC bortezomib may be preferable to the intravenous (IV) option for reducing toxicity.
In Asian patients with dyslipidemia, statin intensity titration exerts favourable effects on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and goal attainment rates, although the magnitude appears to be lower than reports from clinical trials, according to a study.
A second-generation internal condom product, called the Woman’s Condom, is highly acceptable to users across the globe, a study has shown. Its special design features include easy insertion, secure fit during use, good sensation, and easy removal, as well as protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Dr. Tan Thuan Tong, Dr. Andrea Kwa,
08 Jan 2021
Antimicrobial resistance has become increasingly dire as the rapid emergence of drug resistance, especially gram-negative pathogens, has outpaced the development of new antibiotics. At a recent virtual symposium, Dr Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean (Global Health) and Programme Leader (Infectious Diseases), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, presented epidemiological data on multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Asia, while Dr Tan Thuan Tong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), focused on the role of ceftazidime-avibactam in MDR GNB infections. Dr Andrea Kwa, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Pharmacy, SGH, joined the panel in an interactive fireside chat, to discuss challenges, practical considerations, and solutions in MDR gram-negative infections. This Pfizer-sponsored symposium was chaired by Dr Ng Shin Yi, Head and Senior Consultant of Surgical Intensive Care, SGH.