Influenza or influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as an acute respiratory infectionwith measured fever ≥38°C and cough with an onset within the last 10 days.1 In aninterview with Dr Gogillan Sevaratnam, an occupational health physician from theOccupational Safety and Health Unit, Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), he spoke onthe importance of vaccination in the prevention of influenza, and how healthcareworkers (HCWs) are a priority target group for vaccination.
The Lundbeck Neuroscience Symposium was held at Sofitel KL Damansara over 2 days, with extensivediscussions on the management of various mental illnesses. The second day of the symposiumaddressed the topic of schizophrenia management, focusing on treatment goals, the rationale forpartial dopamine D(2) receptor agonism and the use of long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics topromote adherence.
In this third issue we take
a look at how empagliflozin made a bold impact on clinical guidelines across
multiple specialties. We will explore how existing treatment recommendations
were altered, and summarise the current guidelines and future perspectives of
At a GSK-sponsored symposium during the 15th Asian & Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology 2019, held in conjunction with the 41st Malaysian Paediatric Association Annual Congress at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin spoke about the current state of VPDs and expounded the value of combination vaccines in mitigating the risk of infectious disease transmission in the paediatric population.
At the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Osteoporosis Society (MOS), Dr Chan Siew Pheng discussed the role of alfacalcidol (One-Alpha®) in the treatment of osteoporosis (OP) and presented several patient profiles where alfacalcidol exhibited efficacy in increasing bone mineral density (BMD).
This second issue revisits the impact EMPA-REG OUTCOME had on clinical
practice and helps readers discover how it gives life back to patients
through its cardiovascular indication. Learn how it was approved and the
mechanisms for its cardiovascular benefits.
Heart failure (HF) is a global public health concern, affecting about 38 million individuals globally.1 Several studies suggest a rising prevalence of HF, which could be attributed to the ageing of the population, along with improved HF survival owing to the tremendous advancement in HF therapy.2–4 In this case study, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Murtazam shares his clinical experience in managing a patient with HF and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and multiple hospitalisations.
Dropping aspirin after 3 months of dual therapy with ticagrelor reduced bleeding in patients with diabetes who have undergone PCI* vs taking both agents for 1 year, the TWILIGHT-DM** study has shown, consistent with benefits seen in TWILIGHT for other high-risk patients.
Among patients undergoing complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) who completed 3 months of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) comprising aspirin and the potent P2Y12-receptor inhibitor ticagrelor, aspirin withdrawal led to fewer bleeding episodes without increasing the risk of ischaemic events compared with continued DAPT, according to data from the TWILIGHT-COMPLEX* subanalysis presented at ACC.20/WCC Virtual.
Taking ticagrelor alone — and dropping aspirin — after 3 months of DAPT* post-PCI** significantly reduced bleeding events without increasing the risk of ischaemic adverse events compared with continuing a DAPT of ticagrelor plus aspirin, the TICO*** trial has shown.
Diabetes is a key risk factor for heart failure (HF), which is the leading cause of hospitalization in patients with or without diabetes. SGLT-2* inhibitors (SGLT-2is) have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization for HF (HHF) regardless of the presence or absence of diabetes.
The substitution of isoleucine to leucine at amino acid 97 (I97L) in the core region of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) seems to reduce its potency, decreasing the efficiency of both infection and the synthesis of the virus’ covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA, reports a new study presented at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD 2020).