Top Medical News
Working long hours in midlife and attending social engagements in later life may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment in older adults, a recent study suggests.
Hypertension and obesity may exert a moderating effect on the relationship between β-amyloid (Aβ) and longitudinal cognitive performance, a recent study has found.
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Parkinson’s disease appears to increase the risk of sexual dysfunction in males but not in females, a recent meta-analysis has found.
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Patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) may improve cognitive outcomes with a rate control strategy aimed at around 60 bpm, suggests a recent study.
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Sleep-disordered breathing is associated with an increased risk of recurrent ischaemic stroke but not mortality, a study has shown.
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New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 March 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Stephen Padilla, 6 days ago
Long-term use of systemic hormone therapy may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in postmenopausal women, which is not associated with progestogen type or age at initiation of said therapy, according to a Finnish study. On the other hand, use of vaginal oestradiol does not appear to increase such risk.
Special Reports
04 May 2018
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.
01 May 2018
CoQ10 isn't as popular as vitamin C or B in our daily lives but it's time to have a closer look at this vital nutrient.
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.

Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Feb 2019

Among patients with a recent acute ischaemic stroke treated with thrombolytic therapy, intensive blood pressure (BP)-lowering conferred no additional benefit in functional recovery compared with guideline-recommended BP-lowering, despite a reduced risk of intracranial haemorrhage with intensive therapy, according to results of the ENCHANTED* trial.

Elvira Manzano, 25 Feb 2019
Hospitalization rates for stroke increased by 20 percent each year between 2008 and 2015, according to a large US study, and these incidents were apparently tied to spikes in opioid misuse and cases of drug-related infective endocarditis.
Audrey Abella, 22 Feb 2019
The evacuation of moderate-to-large brain bleeds using stereotactic catheter aspiration and the thrombolytic agent alteplase (ie, MISTIE* approach) was no better than standard medical therapy in providing functional improvement post-stroke, according to the results of the MISTIE III trial presented at ISC 2019. However, this strategy appears to hold promise in reducing mortality risk.
Pearl Toh, 21 Feb 2019
Patients presenting within 9 hours from stroke onset or with wake-up stroke can still benefit from thrombolytic therapy based on automated computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging-guided patient selection, according to the EXTEND* study presented at ISC 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Feb 2019

Nicotine may not have a neuroprotective effect on intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) as previously suggested in animal studies, with former or current smokers demonstrating no difference in post-ICH functional outcomes compared with non-smokers, according to findings from the US-based ERICH* study.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 20 Feb 2019

Andexanet alfa effectively reduced anti-factor Xa activity in patients who experienced acute bleeding while on a factor Xa inhibitor*, results from the ANNEXA-4** study showed.

Audrey Abella, 20 Feb 2019
Prehospital, transdermal delivery of the nitric oxide (NO) donor nitroglycerin did not reduce blood pressure (BP) and post-stroke disability in patients with suspected ultra-acute stroke, according to the results of the RIGHT*-2 trial presented at ISC 2019, thus debunking the conventional belief that early NO administration to supplement the low vascular NO concentrations may benefit acute stroke.