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Z-drugs carry an increased risk of fractures, which also suggest a potentially heightened risk of falls and injuries, in older adults, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
15 hours ago
The launch of DCH Auriga marks the rebirth LF Asia healthcare business. Starting November 2017, the healthcare business under LF Asia is rebranded to DCH Auriga Ltd., while the consumer goods distribution operations are transferred to Integrated Market Services Asia Ltd.
Roshini Claire Anthony, Yesterday

Use of the blood infection biomarker procalcitonin as a guide to prescribing antibiotics led to lower antibiotic exposure and side effects, as well as a lower mortality rate in individuals with acute respiratory infections, based on findings of a meta-analysis.

Atacicept demonstrates efficacy in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), reducing disease activity and severe flare while having an acceptable safety profile, especially in patients with high disease activity and serologically active disease, according to results from the phase IIb, multicentre ADDRESS II trial.
Pearl Toh, Yesterday
Ozanimod ─ a novel selective sphingosine 1-phosphate 1 (S1PR1) and 5 (S1PR5) receptor modulator ─ led to greater reduction in relapse rate and brain atrophy in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in a head-to-head comparison with the first-line treatment interferon β-1a (IFN), according to the SUNBEAM and RADIANCE trials presented at the ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS Meeting 2017 held in Paris, France.
Adjuvant intrathecal meperidine in low doses is effective for preventing anaesthesia-associated spinal shivering and reduces the need for rescue analgesics, according to a new meta-analysis.
Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
Combining virtual reality (VR)-based therapy and pharmacotherapy is feasible for acute stroke rehabilitation and for gathering objective data for analysis, suggests a Singapore 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
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.
17 Oct 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017) 5th Annual Scientific Meeting
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Oct 2017

Treatment failure in osteoporosis remains a problem, even among patients who are treatment-adherent, according to a presentation at the recent meeting of the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Audrey Abella, 16 Oct 2017
The use of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may prevent repeat revascularization in patients who underwent percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for peripheral artery disease (PAD) compared with angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), according to a presentation at APCH 2017.
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