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Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to have better functional status prior to menopause, with a recent study reporting that menopause is associated with a worsening progression of functional decline in RA.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 6 days ago

Women who breastfed their infants for a longer duration appeared to have a lower risk of diabetes compared with women who did not breastfeed, according to an observational study spanning three decades.

Pearl Toh, 6 days ago
Menopause was associated with worsening of physical function in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggests a study.
13 Feb 2018
Low serum levels of pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) appears to increase the risk of early development pre-eclampsia, a recent study has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Feb 2018

Women who undergo a hysterectomy with bilateral ovarian conservation appear to have an elevated risk of cardiovascular (CV) and metabolic disease, particularly those who undergo the procedure at age 35 or younger, a recent study found.

12 Feb 2018
There appears to be an inverse relationship between Apgar scores at 5 and 10 minutes and the risk of cerebral palsy and epilepsy, with lower scores corresponding to significantly elevated risks, a recent study has found.
Tristan Manalac, 07 Feb 2018
Severe postnatal depression (PND), especially if persisting up to 11 years after birth, raises the risk of adverse child outcomes such as child behavioural and developmental disturbances, according to a recent study.
Special Reports
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.

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.
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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