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Tristan Manalac, Yesterday
Hormone treatment confers beneficial mood effects in postmenopausal women, according to a recent study, which reports that a transdermal oestradiol plus intermittent micronized progesterone (TE+IMP) treatment regimen is more effective than placebo at reducing depressive symptoms in peri- and postmenopausal women.
Elaine Soliven, Yesterday
A single dose of oral azithromycin during labour was associated with a reduced risk of neonatal bacterial conjunctivitis, according to a recent study.
3 days ago
In premenopausal women without chronic kidney disease, serum concentrations of fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-23 may be a potential marker for renal and vascular damage, a recent Japan study has shown.
Pearl Toh, 3 days ago
High maternal intake of sugar-sweetened beverage as well as early childhood intake of dietary fructose was associated with an increased risk of developing asthma during mid-childhood between the ages of 7–9 years, a study suggests.
Tristan Manalac, 3 days ago
The use of acetaminophen should be limited in pregnant women, recommends a recent cohort study, which shows significantly elevated incidences of acetaminophen-related language delays in female, but not male, offspring.
5 days ago
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 January 2018 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.
13 Jan 2018
Early onset of puberty in young females results in higher rates of antisocial behaviour and depression, which persist into adulthood, a recent study has found.
Special Reports
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Incorporating polygenic risk scores based on 18 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) into risk stratification for breast cancer will improve screening results, says an expert.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Making genetic testing mainstream, allows more patients to be tested, identifies more carriers and enables appropriate stratification of treatment and outcomes, says an expert.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome, which is primarily caused by BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, make up 8 to 10 percent of all breast cancers, says a senior consultant.

Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Identification of BRCA mutation in ovarian cancer is vital because it allows better risk management and there is evidence that carriers may benefit from new treatment modalities, said Professor Woo Yin Ling, consultant gynaecological oncologist at the University of Malaya. 

01 Dec 2017
At a symposium during the 25th Congress of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Susan Davis discussed the unique implications of women living decades beyond menopause, and how healthcare professionals can best manage menopausal symptoms in the short and long term.
20 Jul 2017
Nutrition and Behaviour Modification for Picky Eaters (NBMPE) is a management plan for children with mild picky eating habits. An NBMPE Expert Programme was recently conducted by three of the expert panelists in Kuala Lumpur, which saw the participation of more than 30 paediatricians from across the country. The highlights from the event are summarized here.
19 Jul 2017
At the 57th Annual Scientific Congress of the Private Medical Practitioners Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (PMPASKL), Professor Dr Jamal I-Ching Sam spoke on the impact of influenza in Malaysia and preventive strategies against it. Highlights from his presentation are summarized below.
Conference Reports
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 15 Dec 2017

A recent study presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) showed that acupuncture is effective in reducing aromatase inhibitorinduced joint symptoms among breast cancer patients.  

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 13 Dec 2017

The phase IB/II PANACEA study recently showed that the addition of pembrolizumab to trastuzumab in patients with trastuzumab-resistant advanced HER2-positive breast cancer resulted in disease control with a tolerable safety profile.  

Elvira Manzano, 17 Oct 2017
Bisphosphonates have proven antifracture efficacy and remain to be the cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment. However, a drug holiday is of particular importance with bisphosphonates due to some signals with long-term use of the drug, including rare incidence of atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), says a leading endocrinologist at AFOS 2017.
17 Oct 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017) 5th Annual Scientific Meeting
Elvira Manzano, 16 Oct 2017
Osteoporosis is an age-related complex disease with a strong genetic component. However, the genes responsible for the disease remain poorly defined, says an expert at AFOS 2017.
13 Oct 2017
Dr Joon Kiong Lee discusses pharmacotherapy for osteoporosis and the role of FLS in fracture prevention
13 Oct 2017
Podcast: Dr Fen Lee Hew talks about the pressing need to prevent osteoporotic fractures in Asia
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