There is an increasing number of studies that shed light on the importance of our gut microbiota. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host when administered in adequate amounts. With new data emerging about their proposed benefits in maintaining intestinal health, probiotics continue to gain popularity amongst consumers.
The medical field has advanced in leaps and bounds. Along with it comes changes in the way we deal with patients or diseases. However, the fundamentals of medicine, namely patient-centred care can sometimes be sidelined in this age and among the aspects that suffer along with it are the high value of a patient’s own blood and the autonomy over his or her own body.
At the recent ‘Reinforced for the Glycaemic Challenge’ symposium held at Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Associate Professor Dr Alexander Tan, Professor Dr Chee Kok Han and Dr Chan Siew Pheng shared their insights into the importance of achieving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), while simultaneously providing them with cardiovascular protection.
At the recent American Society of Haematology Annual Meeting 2017, Professor François-Xavier Mahon reviewed recent studies related to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) cessation in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) who have achieved sustained deep molecular response (DMR).
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological disorders – affecting over 2.3 million people globally – and it is the leading cause of nontraumatic disability in young adults. However,the availability of supportive resources and services for people with MS is scarce in many regions of the world. In Malaysia, the prevalence of MS is estimated at 2-3/100,000; the current Malaysian clinical practice guidelines on the management of MS recommend disease modifying agents, such as interferon-β and teriflunomide, as first-line therapeutic agents. In this article, Dr Singer - in partnership with Sanofi and the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences - shares his insights into managing MS dynamically, highlighting the importance of early intervention in improving patient outcomes.
Globally, one in four people will be affected by psychiatric or neurological disorders during their lifetime.1 With an estimated affected population of 450 million people, mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.1 At the recent Lundbeck Neuroscience Symposium held at Hilton Kota Kinabalu from 3–5 November 2017, three renowned key opinion leaders from the field of psychiatry shared their insights into the optimal management of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
At a recent Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Dr Magdi Hanna spoke on the importance of effective postoperative pain management, highlighting the role of multimodal combination therapy in improving treatment outcomes.
At a recent Lundbeck Neuroscience Symposium at Hilton Kota Kinabalu, Professor Bernhard Baune discussed important clinical considerations in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), focussing on the role of memantine hydrochloride (Ebixa®; Lundbeck).
Fungal microbiome, also called the mycobiome, appears to be highly variable in patients with well-characterized fungal diseases, a recent study has shown. Moreover, severe asthmatics have the highest fungal loads, along with those receiving steroid and antifungal therapy.