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Flu vaccination continues to be highly recommended for high-risk paediatric populations, with a recent study showing substantial protection among children who received the vaccine and especially in those who were fully vaccinated.
15 hours ago
Patients with polymyositis (PM) interstitial lung disease (ILD) vs dermatomyositis (DM)-ILD are more likely to respond to conventional treatment, suggests a recent study. However, clinical characteristics and serology do not otherwise predict response to therapy.
Elaine Soliven, 15 hours ago
Exposure to chemotherapy during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy appears to have no impact on cognitive development in the children, according to a study presented at ESMO Asia 2017.
16 hours ago
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are also positive for anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA), tocilizumab (TCZ) treatment for 2 years increases femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) and decreases concentrations of bone resorption markers, a recent study has found.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 16 hours ago
Reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) with statin may confer short- and long-term benefits for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with LDL-C ≥190 mg/dL, according to posthoc data from WOSCOPS (West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study).
Maternal use of psychostimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder during pregnancy appears to only slightly increase the relative risk of pre-eclampsia and preterm birth, according to a population-based cohort study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, Yesterday

Immediate administration of the antifibrinolytic tranexamic acid increased the likelihood of survival in patients with acute severe haemorrhage, with efficacy reducing with every 15-minute delay in treatment, according to a large study.

Special Reports
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
01 Jul 2017
At the recent launch of Nurofen® Express by Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia, Ms Joyce McSwan spoke on the importance of managing tension-type headache (TTH), highlighting the roles of drug and non-drug approaches in improving treatment outcomes.
Conference Reports
Elaine Soliven, 23 Nov 2017
Exposure to chemotherapy during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy appears to have no impact on cognitive development in the children, according to a study presented at ESMO Asia 2017.
Pearl Toh, 22 Nov 2017
Indication and demand for genetic testing have increased in recent years, with tests becoming more readily available and affordable, says a leading oncologist at ESMO Asia 2017, highlighting that appreciation of ethical, social, and legal implications of testing and proper test interpretation are important for optimal patient management.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Nov 2017

A modified (lower-dose) of XELIRI with or without bevacizumab may be an alternative second-line chemotherapy treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), according to results of the noninferiority phase III AXEPT* trial. 

Pearl Toh, 16 Nov 2017
Using bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stents (DES) with a shorter duration of double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in elderly patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) leads to fewer adverse events than bare-metal stents (BMS) without increasing bleeding risk, according to the SENIOR* trial presented at TCT 2017 Congress.
Pearl Toh, 21 Oct 2017
Bisphosphonate is one of the first-line therapy for treating osteoporosis, but its long-term use should take into account the balance between its antifracture benefit and risk of adverse events such as atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), according to a presentation at the AFOS 2017 Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Oct 2017

Increasing evidence points to a link between hypertension and cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly population, according to a presentation at APCH 2017. However, the impact of antihypertensive medication use on dementia incidence is unestablished. 

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.
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