Top Medical News
3 days ago
Postmenopausal women with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may fare well with long-term menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) using percutaneous oestradiol (E2) gel and oral micronized progesterone (MP4), a study reports.
Elvira Manzano, 6 days ago
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are nearly twice as likely to harm themselves compared with the general population, a Canadian study has shown, highlighting the need for tailored preventive strategies in these patients.
Stephen Padilla, 6 days ago
Patients with elevated body mass index (BMI) are at risk of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak following transsphenoidal procedures, reports a Singapore study. This is true even in an Asian population, where the definition of obesity varied from international standards. Therefore, BMI should be considered in the clinical decision-making process prior to such procedures.
6 days ago
About 10 percent of patients who survive a stroke will likely develop seizures within a decade, with risk factors including haemorrhagic stroke, nonwhite race and younger age, according to a study.
17 Jun 2018
Levels of circulating metabolites, such as docosahexaenoic acid, high-density lipoprotein, ornithine and glutamine, are associated with general cognitive ability, according to a recent study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Jun 2018

Undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) within 3 months of a stroke significantly raised the risk of a subsequent ischaemic stroke and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) among patients with aortic valve stenosis, according to a study from Denmark.

13 Jun 2018
Lower systolic blood pressure (BP) in very elderly patients receiving BP-lowering medications is associated with higher mortality and faster decline in cognitive function, according to a study.
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
Elvira Manzano, 29 May 2018
Repeat doses of the intrathecal antisense oligonucleotide nusinersen in children with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) continue to demonstrate safety, according to  early data from the phase III SHINE extension study, bringing considerable hope to the SMA community.
Pearl Toh, 22 May 2018
High intake of antioxidants such as carotenoids, vitamins E and C was associated with a reduced risk of parkinsonism and its progression in older adults, suggests a study presented at AAN 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 May 2018

Individuals who have failed between two and four preventive therapies for episodic migraine may derive benefit from a once-a-month dose of erenumab, according to results of the phase IIIb LIBERTY* study.

Pearl Toh, 19 May 2018
High intake of fish enriched with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) combined with fish oil supplements were associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to the MS Sunshine Study presented at the AAN 2018 Annual Meeting.
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.