Despite risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) being similar around the world, the burden of CVD is not uniform across nations. Furthermore, CVD-related death in low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) has increased by two-thirds in the last 30 years, and now account for a whopping 80% of global deaths due to CVD.
Poor adherence to statin therapy is leaving many patients with dyslipidaemia at high risk of potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events. Statins are the current standard of care for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients and for improving life expectancy, with possible economic benefits for healthcare systems too. However, many patients with dyslipidaemia are not achieving or maintaining treatment targets because they fail to stick to their prescribed statin therapy. An article co-authored by lipidologist Peter Lansberg, and published in Vascular Health and Risk Management, considers this issue and reviews approaches to overcome non-adherence.
At the recent 22nd Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine, Dr Hazli Zakaria spoke on the importance of early optimized treatment in improving treatment outcomes in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).
At the Abbott-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congres sat Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Dr Zanariah Hussein shared her insights into the important role of an emerging marker of hypercholesterolaemia, and its relationship with cardiovascular (CV) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) risks.
Through a cardiology webcast co-hosted by Pfizer, the National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Dr Ong Mei Lin, Dr Aaron D. Kugelmass and Dr Tracy Wang shared their insights into the importance of secondary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
At the AstraZeneca-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congress at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Professor Ronald Ma highlighted the role of a novel combination therapy in reducing HbA1c levels while simultaneously providing cardiovascular (CV) protection to improve patient outcomes.
In conjunction with the launch of Dymista® in Malaysia, Mylan convened a symposium which saw distinguished speakers addressing the allergic rhinitis (AR) landscape in the country and the latest developments in treatment options.
Recently, a Roche-sponsored dinner symposium was held in conjunction with the launch of atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche) at Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. Important insights into the evolving treatment landscape of anticancer treatment, and the increasingly prominent role of immunotherapy were gathered from a distinguished panel, including Dato’ Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, Professor Dr Rolf A. Stahel, Dr Voon Pei Jye, and Associate Professor Dr Tho Lye Mun. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
The latest research, clinical data and innovations in ophthalmology were presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in Chicago, USA, held on 27−30 October 2018. As in previous years, an international panel of renowned ophthalmologists attended the meeting and contributed articles to create the Eye on AAO 2018 e-Bulletins featuring conference highlights of the latest research and hot topics in ophthalmology, and commentary on their relevance to clinical practice in the Asia Pacific region.
The e-Bulletins are conveniently available for download from this page; they will surely be of significant interest to those seeking updates on the latest advances in ophthalmology.
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.
Olanzapine confers a modest therapeutic effect on weight compared with placebo in adult outpatients with anorexia nervosa, a study has shown. However, it does not appear to offer significant benefit for psychological symptoms.
Treatment with secukinumab results in a higher rate of remission or low-disease activity at week 16 in patients with psoriatic arthritis as compared with placebo, according to a posthoc analysis of the FUTURE 2 study. This effect is sustained at 2 years and is evident in both tumour necrosis factor inhibitor-experienced and -naïve patients.