At the recent forum “Improving Access to Affordable Cancer Treatments in Malaysia”, the issue of treatment costs was discussed by panellists from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
MIMS Pharmacist speaks to Dr Renly Lim, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 2016 postgraduate and current research fellow at the University of South Australia (UniSA), about her current work in geriatric care and her academic history.
In the blink of an eye, Malaysia has passed the threshold a young nation to one that is ageing. We are due to reach this status in 2020, where the projected population aged 65 and older is 7.2 percent. The UN defines an ageing society as one that has a minimum of 7 percent of the population aged 65 and older while an aged nation has 14 percent or more in the same age group.
Case 1: A 73-year-old man with good past health presented to the emergency department with a few days’ history of involuntary low-amplitude unpredictable movements of his left arms and legs.
Case 2: An 84-year-old man with a few years’ history of type 2 diabetes mellitus was admitted with 2 days’ history of involuntary flinging movements of his right arm and leg.
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness, making early detection of this condition crucial. Dr Yong Shao Onn from the Eagle Eye Centre at Mt Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the diagnosis and treatment options.
Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are frequently defined as bacteria with resistance to three or more classes of antimicrobials. Common examples include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)–producing Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). The challenges of managing these infections are illustrated in the following two cases.
According to the Singapore Cancer Registry, ovarian cancer was the fifth most frequent cancer among women in Singapore and accounted for 5.4 percent of all female cancers diagnosed between 2011 and 2015, with an increasing incidence rate through the last four decades.
MIMS Pharmacist speaks to Cpt. Manvikram Singh Gill, military pharmacist with the Royal Medical and Dental Corps (RMDC) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF),about his work at the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Endometriosis is a chronic gynaecologic condition affecting up to one in every 10 women. KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) in Singapore treats approximately 1,200 women with endometriosis-related problems every year. Audrey Abella speaks with Dr Wei-Wei Wee-Stekly, consultant at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit at KKH, on how this condition can be appropriately addressed in the primary care setting.
At the recent 4th National Aids Conference, Dr Charles Hicks, Senior Global Medical Director, ViiV Healthcare, US, spoke about the evolution of HIV care and how future advancements will impact the lives of persons living with HIV. Hicks, who is only recently joined ViiV Healthcare, said the cure for HIV is still likely far in the future. In the meantime, the only option is antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, despite the absence of a cure, the outlook for patients living with HIV has improved by leaps and bounds since the first antiretroviral zidovudine (AZT) was released.
A subgroup of patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection who ceased their long-term nucleotide analogue treatment maintained virological suppression, pointing to a group of patients who may be suitable for treatment cessation, according to a recent study.
Use of mirabegron in the treatment of men with overactive bladder (OAB) appears to effectively alleviate urgency and storage symptoms, but not reduce the frequency of micturition episodes, according to data from the MIRACLE study.