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Intraperitoneal chemotherapy is well tolerated in women with stage IIIC or IVA epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and optimal debulking surgery, as well as improves progressive disease rate compared with chemotherapy administered intravenously, according to the results of a phase II study.
11 hours ago
Tirofiban does not appear to contribute to an increased risk of symptomatic intracerebral haemorrhage in patients with acute ischaemic stroke undergoing endovascular thrombectomy, but rather confers benefits for survival and long-term functional independence, a study has found.
23 hours ago
Combination treatment with dabrafenib plus trametinib demonstrates robust clinical activity in BRAF V600E–mutated anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), according to a phase II study.
Pearl Toh, Yesterday
A higher dose of pitavastatin can benefit Japanese patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with a low-dose pitavastatin, even though cardiovascular (CV) event incidence is known to be lower in Asian than Western patients, according to the REAL-CAD study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2017.
The use of oral antidepressants appears to have beneficial effects on patients with chronic pruritus not responding to topical treatment and oral antihistamines, particularly those with uremic pruritus, cholestatic pruritus or paraneoplastic pruritus, according to a recent study.
Vascular function and glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) both improve with metformin, which also reduces insulin dose, in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D), reports a recent study.
Tadalafil may not be effective for reducing the decline in ambulatory ability in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), as shown in a recent study.
Special Reports
30 Nov 2017
Fluarex Tetra - Inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (split virion) vaccine (inj) 0.5 mL - GlaxoSmithKline
01 Nov 2017
Since the beginning of the probiotic era in the 20th century, much emphasis has been given on its role in the regulation of gut health. The past decades have seen increasing evidence on the benefits of probiotics beyond just gut health, to even encompass, skin health, memory and brain health, and immunity.
01 Sep 2017
Complementary medicines can play an important part in maintaining wellness, preventing deficiencies and optimizing health outcomes, says Dr Lesley Braun PhD, Director of the Blackmores Institute. 
Dr. Yeo Khung Keong, Dr. Wiwun Tungsubutra, Prof. Peter Collins, 31 Aug 2017
Agents such as beta-blockers and calcium antagonists have been the cornerstone of treatment for stable angina for some time. However, new options are emerging for patients who remain inadequately controlled on conventional therapies. At a recent Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the APSC Congress 2017 in Singapore, three experts discussed the current treatment landscape, as well as changing paradigms and new effective options for patients with symptomatic angina.
01 Aug 2017
Complementary medicines are popular among consumers in Malaysia so it is important for pharmacists to be well versed in complementary medicines.
Prof. Peter Collins, Prof. Giuseppe Mancia, Prof. Carolyn Lam, Dr. Choo Gim Hooi, 12 Jul 2017
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future due to both the ageing population and the increasing prevalence of risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes. CAD is also the primary risk factor in the development of heart failure (HF). At the 2nd Asia Pacific CardioConnect Meeting in Hong Kong sponsored by Menarini, a group of international and regional experts discussed current strategies for managing stable CAD and HF and highlighted areas where patient outcomes may be improved.
12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 12 Dec 2017
A higher dose of pitavastatin can benefit Japanese patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with a low-dose pitavastatin, even though cardiovascular (CV) event incidence is known to be lower in Asian than Western patients, according to the REAL-CAD study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2017.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Dec 2017

A combination of ticagrelor and aspirin improved the saphenous vein graft (SVG) patency rate 12 months after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) compared with aspirin alone, according to results of the DACAB* trial from China.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Dec 2017

The incidence of cardiovascular events in the first year following a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is comparable between patients given prasugrel and ticagrelor post-surgery, according to results of the PRAGUE-18* trial presented at AHA 2017.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 01 Dec 2017

The incidence of clinically significant hematoma is similar in individuals with atrial fibrillation undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator surgery regardless of whether their direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are continued or interrupted perioperatively, results of the BRUISE CONTROL-2* trial show.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 29 Nov 2017

Gastric bypass may be an effective method of reducing blood pressure (BP) levels in obese patients with hypertension, according to findings of the GATEWAY* trial presented at the AHA** 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 28 Nov 2017

Survival outcomes of women diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy are similar to that of non-pregnant women, according to a presentation at ESMO Asia 2017. However, it is important to identify the dos and don’ts when diagnosing and treating breast cancer in this population.

Pearl Toh, 27 Nov 2017
Treatment with the PD-L1* inhibitor durvalumab after chemoradiotherapy significantly prolongs progression-free survival (PFS) by 11 months in patients with locally advanced, unresectable stage III non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with similar benefits in an Asian subset, according to the PACIFIC** study presented at ESMO Asia 2017 in Singapore.
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