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Reproductive factors such as pregnancy, parity, menstruation and breastfeeding appear to be significantly associated with the risk of developing thyroid cancer, a study has found.
Tristan Manalac, 4 days ago
Early initiation of regular breast milk expression promotes the timely establishment of lactogenesis II in mothers at risk of early-onset breastfeeding failure, according to a recent Singapore study.
Rachel Soon, 14 Jun 2018

Severely anaemic women have twice the risk of dying during or after pregnancy compared to women without anaemia, reveals a major international study.

Tristan Manalac, 12 Jun 2018
Women who receive abortions appear to be significantly more likely to use antidepressants, although this pattern of use has less to do with the termination of pregnancy than with other risk factors for depression, according to a recent study.
Tristan Manalac, 10 Jun 2018
Neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) is common among preterm very-low birth weight (PT/VLBW) infants, according to a recent Singapore study, which additionally reports that the male sex and lack of antenatal steroids (ANS) are risk factors for delayed cognitive skills.
Audrey Abella, 08 Jun 2018
A high incidence of pruritus was found among parturients (ie, women about to give birth) following the administration of intrathecal morphine during spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean section (CS), according to a Singapore study.
08 Jun 2018
Passive smoking at home and in the workplace as well as having a family history of diabetes mellitus increase the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a recent China study.
Special Reports
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.

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. 

Conference Reports
Elaine Soliven, 13 Apr 2018
Treatment with the tocolytic agents isoxsuprine or nifedipine was similarly effective in delaying delivery by 2 weeks among women who were admitted for preterm labour, according to a study presented at the RCOG World Congress 2018.
Stephen Padilla, 05 Apr 2018
Sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping and biopsy is noninferior to systematic lymphadenectomy in detecting LN metastases with <5-percent false negative rate, says Timothy Lim, head of the Department of Gynaecologic Oncology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and associate professor at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore.
Stephen Padilla, 04 Apr 2018
It appears that the WA Gynaescope technique of in-bag morcellation (IBM) is safe, reproducible and a valuable addition to current methods of specimen retrieval during minimal invasive surgery, according to a study presented at the 2018 World Congress of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG 2018) held recently in Singapore.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 04 Apr 2018
Updates on the management of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) shine a light on the importance of correct diagnosis, options for treatment and the need to better define risk groupings.
Tristan Manalac, 04 Apr 2018
In patients with cervical carcinoma, lymph node enlargement appears to be common in those with a small cell pathology, while having a stage III disease may lead to involvement of the paraaortic lymph nodes, according to a recent study presented at the recently concluded 2018 World Congress of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG 2018) held in Singapore.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 03 Apr 2018

A high daily dose of vitamin D (4,000 IU/day) resulted in a reduction in vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women, coupled with a lower risk of preterm births and low birth weight in their newborns, according to a study presented at RCOG 2018.

Pearl Toh, 03 Apr 2018
One third of women who have been in a relationship have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime, and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence and abuse (DVA), said President of RCOG Professor Lesley Regan at the recent RCOG World Congress 2018 in Singapore.
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