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.
Dr. Robert Giugliano, Prof. Ulrich Laufs, Prof. Gaetano De Ferrari, Prof. Naveed Sattar, 20181011035429
The FOURIER trial previously demonstrated that adding the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor evolocumab to background statin therapy lowered LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) below target levels and significantly reduced the risks of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018 in Munich, Germany, experts reiterated how evolocumab helps lower LDL-C levels and reduces CV events even in patients with various comorbidities.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with substantial risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and overall mortality, despite the advances in treatment options.1 Recently, MIMS Doctor spoke to Dato’ Sri Dr Azhari Rosman, a Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the National Heart Institute, to provide an update on the use of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors in managing CV risk associated with T2DM, and discuss the results of the recently published Comparative Effectiveness of Cardiovascular Outcomes (CVD-REAL) 2 study. Here are the highlights from the interview.
The “Stay healthy: You call the shots” meeting, hosted by Sanofi Pasteur, was held at Thistle Port Dickson. During the meeting, Dr Ho Bee Kiau, Dr Leong Chee Loon and Dr Salehuddin Samsudin shared their insights into the role of influenza vaccination in reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), complications in high-risk patient populations, and dispelling vaccination myths among patients.
Ischaemic heart disease was the principal cause of death in Malaysia in 2016, and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is noted as the deadliest clinical presentation of Acute Coronary Syndrome. At the National Heart Association of Malaysia’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Professor Dr Wan Azman Wan Ahmad shared his insights into the management of STEMI in Malaysia, highlighting the implications of the recent TREAT trial.
At a lunch seminar hosted by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Dr Annemiek de Ruiter spoke on the recent updates on dolutegravir (Tivicay, GSK) as an ideal antiretroviral (ARV) agent for the management of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
At a recent dinner symposium held in conjunction with the launch of Ensure® Gold™, Mr Zhongyuan Liu detailed the constituents of the new, improved formulation, and discussed its benefits for muscle and bone health, especially in elderly people receiving insufficient nutrition and experiencing loss of strength.
At a dinner symposium at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dato’ Prepageran Narayanan presented the data concerning allergic rhinitis (AR) in Malaysia, and he discussed the role of intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) in managing AR.
Patients with mild hypertension who are at low risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) do not appear to derive mortality or CVD benefit from antihypertensive treatments, raising questions on the need for treatment in this population, according to a recent study from England.
A personalized computerized neurofeedback intervention for training attention and memory shows potential in cognitive training for healthy elderly men, who improved in cognitive performance after the training, although no significant improvements were seen in the overall study population.
Higher exposure to ticagrelor following myocardial infarction does not appear to contribute to an increased risk of intracranial haemorrhage, which is associated with age and prior cardiovascular morbidities, according to a study.