Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by Bordetella pertussis. Despite the introduction of effective infant immunisation programmes and high vaccination coverage, pertussis remains a public health concern.1 Recently, MIMS Doctor spoke to Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin who gave us some insights into the resurgence of pertussis in Malaysia, highlighting strategies to further strengthen the current vaccine coverage rate (VCR).
At the A. Menarini-sponsored symposium, held during the 8thAssociation of South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS)Congress at Pullman Hotel Kuching, Malaysia, the importance ofa multidisciplinary approach in the management of osteoarthritis(OA) was discussed. A distinguished panel of speakers reviewedthe role of various types of treatments in the management of OAthrough a hypothetical patient case scenario, and shared theirinsights into some questions commonly asked by physicians,including their recommended strategies for pre- and postsurgeryanaesthesia and analgesia
Influenza infection is often times underrecognised and underdiagnosed in Malaysia even though it may occur at anytime of the year, unlike in temperate countries. Smoking is a well-established risk factor for influenza infection, and it is associated with a more severe disease course, morbidity and mortality. The National Avian Influenza Surveillance System of Thailand reported that current or former smoking is among the risk factors associated with a fatal outcome in patients with influenza.
Topical silicone gel is considered first-line therapy against scars and is used particularly for the treatment of elevated scars,such as hypertrophic and keloid scars. In this report, Dr Yong shares his clinical experience of using silicone gel as part of his scar management strategies.
Jointly organized by the Malaysian Medical Associationand AstraZeneca to commemorate the launch of QTERN,the Q-UEST Symposium saw three distinguished speakersproviding valuable insights into the landscape of T2DMin Malaysia and discussing the latest treatment optionsavailable in the country.
Annual inactivated influenza vaccination is recommendedfor children with chronic asthma owing to its role indecreasing the severity of disease, complications andsecondary infections. In a resource-limited setting, thissegment of patients should be prioritized to receiveinfluenza vaccinations.
Hypertension (HPT) is defined as a persistent elevation of systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mmHg or greater and/or diastolic BP of 90 mmHg or greater, taken at least twice ontwo separate occasions. The most recent National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 that focuses on noncommunicable diseases showed that among adults aged 18 years and older, there was an increase in the prevalence of HPT from 33.6% in 2011 to 35.3%. While the proportion of patients with HPT who have attained good BP control has increased from 34.7% in 2011 to 37.4%, the awareness of the condition among patients remains poor. The prevalence of undiagnosed HPT remains high; hence, it is recommended that every adult aged 18 years and older to check their BP at least once annually, and more frequently in those with risk factors (eg, family history, obese).
Use of corticosteroid is not associated with improved outcomes in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients admitted to the hospital with acute exacerbation (AE), reveals a recent study. In addition, corticosteroids may even contribute to reduced overall survival following exacerbation.
Acne is a common skin problem seen in primary care. Dr Wong
Soon Tee of Assurance Skin Clinic at Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore
shares his insights with Pearl Toh on how to manage acne in the primary care