Pembrolizumab improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) over best supportive care in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to the phase III KEYNOTE-240* trial, supporting its role as a treatment option for HCC in the second-line setting.
Exposure to antitumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) for inflammatory bowel disease also confers benefits for the risk of acute arterial events, especially in men with Crohn’s disease (CD), as shown in a recent study.
Implementation of the collaborative care in a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) clinic has led to improvements in nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (nb-DMARDs) optimization, adherence to safety recommendations on nb-DMARD monitoring and detection of adverse drug events in RA patients, according to a Singapore study.
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]
Use of aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with no prior CVD history yields protection against the risks of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and ischaemic stroke, but at the expense of an increase of similar magnitude in the incidence of major bleeding, according to the results of a recent meta-analysis presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019 in Paris, France.
Prof. Vincent Wong, Prof. Ray Kim, Dr. Tan Poh Seng, 20190910083343
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains a major public health concern because of its worldwide distribution and potential adverse sequelae, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). At a recent symposium held during the GIHep Singapore 2019, Professor Vincent Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor Ray Kim from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, US, discussed antiviral treatments for CHB, with a focus on the novel agent tenofovir alafenamide (Vemlidy®). Dr Tan Poh Seng from the National University Hospital, Singapore, chaired the symposium.
First-line treatment with pembrolizumab plus axitinib significantly improved overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with advanced clear-cell RCC* who had intermediate/poor IMDC** risk classification, according to updated results of the KEYNOTE-426*** study presented at BASCO 2019 Annual Meeting held in Singapore.
Use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) was associated with a significantly increased risk of invasive breast cancer, which became progressively greater with longer duration of use, a meta-analysis of worldwide prospective epidemiological studies has shown.
Use of sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2), as compared with dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), inhibitors appears to reduce the risk of heart failure and any-cause death without major cardiovascular events in the primary intention-to-treat analysis, according to a study.
In patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor monotherapy, particularly canagliflozin, exerts greater effects on weight compared with metformin and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors or gliptins, according to the results of a meta-analysis.