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Pearl Toh, an hour ago
Real-world studies on patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) show that dabigatran is safe with low bleeding and stroke rates when used for long term (over 2 years) or used continuously in patients undergoing cardiovascular (CV) interventions, according to phase II results of the prospective, observational, global registry programme GLORIA-AF* presented at the EHRA 2018 Annual Congress.
22 hours ago
Anterior temporal lobectomy appears to be more effective than the minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery in terms of inducing seizure remission in patients with pharmacoresistant unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, according to the results of the ROSE trial.
Long‐term treatment with perampanel in the adjunctive setting appears to provide improved seizure control without raising new safety/tolerability signals in patients with epilepsy, particularly those with secondarily generalized seizures at baseline, according to the results of an open-label extension of phase III trials.
3 days ago
Men with high levels of exposure to diesel exhaust are at greater risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML), as shown in a recent study. This is not true for women.
5 days ago
The use of hearing aids may have a protective effect against cognitive decline in elderly adults, a recent study has shown.
5 days ago
The composite risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack appears to be reduced in the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level of 80–100 mg/dL, according to the posthoc analysis of the J-STARS (Japan Statin Treatment Against Recurrent Stroke) study.
Audrey Abella, 6 days ago
High levels of serum uric acid (SUA) in elderly people were associated with an increased risk of incident dementia, particularly vascular or mixed dementia, according to the Three City-Dijon study.
Special Reports
13 Dec 2017
At the Schwabe-Menarini lunch symposium of the 11th International Congress of the Asian Society AgainstDementia (ASAD) 2017 held in Bangkok, Thailand, Professor Ralf Ihl highlighted the role of standardized Gingko biloba extract EGb 761® for the treatment of patients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Meanwhile, Associate Professor Nagaendran Kandiah presented clinical findings on the association between cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and dementia, and emphasized the role of EGb 761® in the management of dementia with CVD.
01 Jul 2017
At the recent launch of Nurofen® Express by Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia, Ms Joyce McSwan spoke on the importance of managing tension-type headache (TTH), highlighting the roles of drug and non-drug approaches in improving treatment outcomes.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 22 Nov 2016

Blood pressure lowering medications and statins do not prevent cognitive and functional decline in elderly patients, according to results of the HOPE-3 trial* presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA 2016) held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Dr. Rose Zhao-Wei Ting, 16 Nov 2016
A 55-year-old man presented with almost one year history of heat intolerance, mild palpitation and significant weight loss. Free T3 and T4 were elevated with normal TSH. Patient had suboptimal response to carbimazole therapy.
24 Aug 2016

Roshini Claire Anthony spoke with Adjunct Associate Professor Gamaliel Tan, head and senior orthopaedic consultant at Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore, on how GPs can help diagnose and treat lower back pain.

29 Apr 2016
This article presents the excerpts from the Inaugural Meeting of the Dementia Advisory Board Malaysia held on 23 January 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, highlighting the clinical evidence of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761® in dementia, treatment recommendations from international guidelines and consensus reached during the meeting on the role of EGb761® in managing dementia.
03 Mar 2016
The Drug Control Authority (DCA) of Malaysia has approved a new indication for the long-acting somatostatin analogue lanreotide. This new indication is for the treatment of grade 1 and low grade 2 gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (GEP-NETs)—of midgut, pancreatic or unknown origin except the hindgut—in adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease.
Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 25 Feb 2018
Removal of a clot by aspiration is as good as removal by a stent retriever in stroke patients in the COMPASS* study, a result that is expected to shift practice patterns. 
Elvira Manzano, 22 Feb 2018
A low-sodium diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fish, and berries may help slow cognitive decline in stroke patients, a small study finds.
Elvira Manzano, 21 Feb 2018
The treatment window for endovascular thrombectomy has been extended from 6 to 24 hours within the onset of a stroke in the new stroke guidelines, expanding the number of patients eligible for thrombectomy. However, experts said this does not mean time no longer matters in thrombectomy.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Feb 2018

Despite guidelines advocating stroke risk factor assessment following retinal infarction (stroke of the eye), adherence to the guidelines within 90 days of infarct was poor among elderly patients, leading to a potentially elevated risk of stroke, according to a study presented at the recent International Stroke Conference 2018 (ISC 2018) in Los Angeles, California, US.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Feb 2018

The use of a ticagrelor/aspirin combination was more successful than a clopidogrel/aspirin combination in reducing the rate of high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HOPR) in patients with a recent minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), according to results of the PRINCE* trial conducted in China.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Feb 2018

The use of tenecteplase may be a suitable alternative to alteplase prior to endovascular thrombectomy in patients with a large vessel ischaemic stroke, according to results of the EXTEND-IA TNK* study.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Feb 2018

A combination of the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin and blood pressure-lowering drugs candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide led to a significant 44 percent reduction in the risk of first strokes among individuals with an intermediate risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease, results from the HOPE-3* study showed.