The incidence of urolithiasis (kidney/renal stones) depends on geographic, climatic, ethnic, dietary, and genetic factors. Assistant Professor Chua Wei Jin, Senior Consultant, Department of Urology at the National University Hospital in Singapore discusses with Audrey Abella why urolithiasis is an important healthcare problem that requires attention.
MIMS reports on excepts from a recent dialogue on ‘The Leading Edge of Health Coaching: Empowering Patients in the Myriad of Daily Health Decisions’ at the recent Malaysian Innovative Healthcare Symposium (MIHS) 2019.
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is a disease in which cancer cells develop from the tissues of the nasopharynx – an area located behind the nose, just above the back of the throat. Chinese from endemic regions such as Hong Kong and Southern China have the highest risk of getting NPC. NPC is the ninth most common cancer among men in Singapore with the highest incidence in Chinese followed by Malays and is rare among Indians. [Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Registry Report, Trends in Cancer Incidence in Singapore 2015]
On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.
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Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.
Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1cof 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.
Individuals with hearing disabilities often have issues with healthcare access due to communication gaps between them and medical staff. At the recent Beyond Dispensing: Malaysian Medical Sign Language 2019 workshop jointly organized by the Malaysian Community Pharmacy Business Forum (MyCPBF), the Malaysian Sign Language and Deaf Studies Association (MyBIM), The Light and the Malaysian Federation for the Deaf (MFD), a group of healthcare professionals took some time off to learn how to bridge the gaps.
At the recent 2nd Bayer Pharmacist Congress in July, a forum was held to discuss the topic of "Advancing the Role of Pharmacists in Primary Care". MPS and MCPG leaders shared their opinions on future directions of the profession and steps to take towards them.
Dr Andrew Ong, a consultant at the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Singapore General Hospital, explains to Roshini Claire Anthony the challenges in diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Assoc Prof Philip Eng, senior consultant respiratory physician at Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing pneumonia in the primary care setting.
Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) appear to confer more clinical benefits to elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) than vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants (VKAs), suggests a study, adding that this is primarily driven by the lower rates of major bleeding.
In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) naïve to oral anticoagulants (OACs), standard-dose nonvitamin K antagonist OACs (NOACs) provides better survival benefits than warfarin, a recent meta-analysis has shown.
Use of diclofenac, a traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) selectivity similar to COX-2 inhibitors, is associated with higher cardiovascular health risk compared with nonuse, paracetamol use and use of other traditional NSAIDs, a recent study has shown.