The prevalence of allergic diseases in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to rise over the next 20 years, driven by rapid economic development and urbanization. Allergic diseases have high socioeconomic impact by impairing productivity and quality of life, and the impact may be greater in Asia-Pacific than in Europe due to the presence and predominance of perennial allergens.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that
can present in many different forms. However, it is principally
characterized by dry skin, intense itching, and the presence of
inflammatory skin lesions. [J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
2016;30:604-618; N Engl J Med 2008;358:1483-1494; Lancet
At the 8th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS) Annual Congress 2017 recently held in Kuala Lumpur, consultant endocrinologist Professor Siew-Pheng Chan spoke on the importance of lipid control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with atherogenic dyslipidaemia (AD), highlighting the role of fenofibrate in the management of diabetic retinopathy.
At a GlaxoSmithKline-sponsored symposium during the Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Congress 2017, Dr Celeste Mae Lardizabal-Campomanes presented on three key strategies of optimizing asthma treatment.
At the Schwabe-Menarini lunch symposium of the 11th International Congress of the Asian Society AgainstDementia (ASAD) 2017 held in Bangkok, Thailand, Professor Ralf Ihl highlighted the role of standardized Gingko biloba extract EGb 761® for the treatment of patients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Meanwhile, Associate Professor Nagaendran Kandiah presented clinical findings on the association between cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and dementia, and emphasized the role of EGb 761® in the management of dementia with CVD.
The addition of an antihypertensive drug from a new class to a patient’s regimen results in huge decreases in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and major cardiovascular (CV) events among those at high risk for CV events but without diabetes, suggests a recent study. Its effects on SBP remain large and similar in magnitude across all levels of baseline drug use and all subgroups of patients.
A study finds no evidence that using pharmaceutical aids alone for smoking cessation helps improve the chances of successful quitting despite promising results in previous randomized trials and routine prescription of such drugs to help quit smoking.
Thromboembolism is a major cause of death in patients with cancer, which is why clinicians should check for the symptoms of thromboembolic events right from the initial stages of bevacizumab treatment, suggests a recent study.