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Stephen Padilla, 9 hours ago
A systematic review and meta-analysis reveals that trials on prenatal vitamin D supplementation are being published at an accelerating pace but are generally of low quality, small and rarely designed to examine clinical outcomes.
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, Yesterday

A team of experts has just launched Hong Kong’s first collaborative pharmacogenomics study using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology to identify mutation targets in patients with treatment-resistant/relapsed ovarian cancer (OC) towards a more personalized approach in management. 

3 days ago
The dissociative subtype of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with toxic levels of cortisol in the saliva of pregnant women, which may exert adverse effects on the health of offspring, a recent study shows.
4 days ago
Intravenous (IV) iron is less toxic and more effective compared to oral iron, making it a potential frontline therapy for neonatal iron deficiency anaemia, suggests a recent study.
6 days ago
Primiparity and diabetic vasculopathy appear to be strongly related to the development of pre-eclampsia in women with type 1 diabetes mellitus, as reported in a study. Other risk factors include pre-existing hypertension, higher gestational weight gain, and higher HbA1c and triglyceride levels in all three trimesters.
Stephen Padilla, 06 Dec 2017
Coffee drinking appears to be generally safe within usual levels of intake and is more likely to benefit health than harm, except during pregnancy and in women at increased risk of fracture, according to the results of an umbrella review of meta-analysis of multiple health outcomes.
Pank Jit Sin, 04 Dec 2017
Fertility rates among women aged 15 to 49 registers a drop in the 2017 Malaysia Vital Statistics report and this drop is attributable to factors such as change of lifestyle, environmental and social stress; economic progression; and delay in childbearing among career-driven women, says a fertility expert. 
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
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
Pearl Toh, 07 Jun 2016
Infants who were breastfed had a lower risk of developing non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity later in life, according to a study presented at the recent European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) annual meeting held in Athens, Greece.
Kavitha G. Shekar, 02 Jun 2016

Mode of delivery does not modify coeliac disease (CD) risk among infants born into at-risk families, report Italian researchers at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) 2016 in Athens, Greece.

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