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Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 hours ago

The addition of the CDK* 4/6 inhibitor ribociclib to endocrine therapy significantly extended overall survival (OS) in premenopausal women with HR+ HER2- advanced breast cancer, as evidenced in the phase III MONALEESA-7** trial.

Tristan Manalac, 2 days ago
A mother contracting an infection while pregnant may raise the risk of autism and depression during the child’s life, but not bipolar disorder and psychosis, according to a recent study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 4 days ago

Women with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer with germline BRCA mutations who relapsed after previously receiving 2 lines of chemotherapy demonstrated better objective response rates (ORRs) and progression-free survival (PFS) following treatment with olaparib than platinum-based chemotherapy, according to results of the SOLO3* trial.

4 days ago
Urogenital infections remain a major reason for women to visit their family physician and their subsequent referral to obstetrics and gynaecology or urology specialists. The association between abnormal vaginal microbiota and an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as an increased rate of preterm labour, indicates the need to better understand and manage urogenital health in women. Probiotics are “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. As such, there is a sound rationale for using probiotics to maintain female vaginal and bladder health.
Tristan Manalac, 6 days ago
Administering vaginal misoprostol prior to inserting an intrauterine device (IUD) improves success rate in parous women who had previously experienced insertion failure, according to a recent study.
06 Jun 2019
Having at least four pregnancies through childbearing age appears to increase the risk of diabetes in postmenopausal women without a history of gestational diabetes, a study has found.
02 Jun 2019
Giving birth at an earlier age appears to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) later on in life, reports a recent China study.
Special Reports
12 Jun 2019
Urogenital infections remain a major reason for women to visit their family physician and their subsequent referral to obstetrics and gynaecology or urology specialists. The association between abnormal vaginal microbiota and an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as an increased rate of preterm labour, indicates the need to better understand and manage urogenital health in women. Probiotics are “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. As such, there is a sound rationale for using probiotics to maintain female vaginal and bladder health.
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.

Conference Reports
Elaine Soliven, 10 Jan 2019
Younger women with breast cancer who had a mastectomy demonstrated a worse quality of life (QoL) compared with those who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS), according to a study presented at SABCS 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Jan 2019

Women with metabolic syndrome who are diagnosed with early breast cancer may have poorer survival outcomes, according to a study from Italy presented as a poster at SABCS 2018.

Audrey Abella, 28 Dec 2018
Use of a scalp cooling device is effective in reducing alopecia or hair loss in patients with breast cancer who are undergoing neoadjuvant/adjuvant chemotherapy including anthracyclines* and taxanes**, according to studies presented at SABCS 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 Dec 2018

Women diagnosed with nonmetastatic breast cancer who were adherent to cardiovascular disease (CVD) medications pre-diagnosis had a high risk of becoming nonadherent post-cancer treatment, with nonadherence increasing their risk of CV events, according to a poster presented at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS 2018).

Elaine Soliven, 27 Dec 2018
A lifestyle intervention programme focusing on healthy habits was associated with weight loss and better disease-free survival (DFS) among early breast cancer survivors, according to the SUCCESS C* study presented at SABCS 2018.
Pearl Toh, 24 Dec 2018
The anticholinergic agent oxybutynin significantly reduces the intensity and frequency of hot flushes among women in whom hormone replacement therapy was contraindicated such as breast cancer survivors, according to the ACCRU study SC-1603 presented at SABCS 2018.
Pearl Toh, 19 Dec 2018
A structured cardiovascular (CV) exercise programme during adjuvant breast cancer treatment provides significant protection against decline in CV function related to chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, according to the EBBA*-II trial presented at SABCS 2018, indicating that physical activity during treatment for breast cancer can benefit patients.
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