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2 days ago

Cancer of the corpus uteri (uterine cancer) accounted for nearly 7 percent of all female cancers in Singapore between 2011 and 2015 and was the fourth most frequent female cancer among all Singaporeans. The majority of patients are diagnosed with cancer confined to the uterus and have a 5-year survival rate exceeding 90 percent, while the survival rate of stage IV endometrial cancer is approximately 20 percent. This highlights the importance of recognizing and detecting endometrial cancers early in the natural history.

3 days ago
Both continuous (CAT) and intermittent (IAT) aerobic physical training are effective in improving sexual function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, a recent study has found.
5 days ago
Sarcopenic obesity appears to increase the rate of falls in postmenopausal women, particularly in those of Hispanic background, reports a recent study.
14 Nov 2018
Greater maternal protein correlates with higher birth weight and neonatal birth length, suggests a recent study. In contrast to fat mass (FM) and total body water (TBW) gains, protein accretion may be the most significant component of maternal gestational weight gain (GWG) in dichorionic twin gestations.
Christina Lau, 14 Nov 2018

Minimally invasive radical hysterectomy is associated with poorer survival than open surgery in patients with stage early-stage cervical cancer, data from two large US databases and a randomized trial have shown.

10 Nov 2018
A longer duration of lactation appears to lower the risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a recent US study.
09 Nov 2018
Following diets rich in fruits and vegetables may help prevent or alleviate menopause symptoms, whereas dietary patterns consisting of mayonnaise, liquid oils, sweets and desserts (MLSD), and solid fats and snacks (SFS) contribute to a risk increase, a study has found.
Special Reports
01 Sep 2018

Gangliosides and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) play critical roles in early childhood brain development. 

21 Mar 2018
During the Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference held in conjunction with the World Prematurity Day 2017, Dato Dr Musa Mohd Nordin spoke on the importance of immunizing children with the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliovirus-Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) vaccine. He highlighted the role of Hexaxim® as a fully liquid, ready-to-use, 6-in-1 (including hepatitis B) vaccine for the primary and booster vaccinations of infants and toddlers. Meanwhile, Dr Yong Junina Fadzil discussed the benefits of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing children with broader protection against influenza B viruses.
21 Mar 2018
Dr Elizabeth Carpenter, Principal Scientist of Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) in New Zealand, spoke to MIMS about goat milk as a source of protein in childhood nutrition. Below are highlights from the interview.
22 Jan 2018
The human body is home to an estimated 100 trillion microbial cells and a quadrillion viruses, which are collectively known as the human microbiota. Recently, the human microbiota has gained the attention of the scientific fraternity for its roles in health and diseases, with some quarters referring to it as the 'forgotten organ'. Imbalances in the usual composition of commensal or symbiotic species in a localized area of the body is known as microbial shift or dysbiosis, and this condition may result in infections caused by opportunistic pathogens, thereby impacting the natural defence mechanism of the human body.
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.

Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 01 Nov 2018
Treatment with the PD-L1 inhibitor atezolizumab on top of standard chemotherapy with nab-paclitaxel significantly improves progression-free survival (PFS) in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) compared with nab-paclitaxel alone, top-line results from the IMpassion* 130 trial reveal. In particular, median overall survival (OS) was 10 months longer with atezolizumab among PD-L1-positive (PD-L1+) patients in an interim analysis.
31 Oct 2018
Slideshow: Highlights from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress
Pearl Toh, 25 Oct 2018
Adding the combination therapy of zoledronic acid + letrozole to triptorelin as adjuvant treatment for hormone receptor positive (HR+) early breast cancer in premenopausal women significantly improves disease-free survival (DFS) compared with the combination of tamoxifen and triptorelin, according to the HOBOE-2* study presented at ESMO 2018.
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 22 Oct 2018

Final analysis of results from the PALOMA-3 study showed improvement in overall survival (OS) with addition of cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitor palbociclib to fulvestrant in hormone receptorpositive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer that has relapsed or progressed on hormonal therapy.

Pearl Toh, 29 Aug 2018
Levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may not correlate with ovarian reserve in patients with breast cancer, suggests a study presented at ESHRE 2018, thus raising questions on the utility of AMH testing before hormonal stimulation in fertility preservation for women with breast cancer.
Pearl Toh, 27 Aug 2018
Chemotherapy may be less damaging to fertility of female lymphoma patients who are of a younger age than those who are older, even in the case of an alkylating regimen, suggests a study presented at ESHRE 2018.
Pearl Toh, 20 Aug 2018
Tubal flushing with oil-based contrast medium at hysterosalpingography (HSG) leads to a higher ongoing pregnancy rate beyond the previously reported results at 6 months, with significantly shorter time to ongoing pregnancy than flushing with water-based contrast, according to a study presented at ESHRE 2018.
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