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Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Patients with the radiographic axial spondyloarthritis subtype, known as ankylosing spondylitis, are more likely to be positive for human leukocyte antigen-B27, hypertensive, and have uveitis and poorer spinal mobility, whereas those with the nonradiographic subtype are more prone to experience poorer well-being and quality of life, according to data from a multiethnic Asian population in Singapore.
06 Jun 2019
Treatment with probiotics falls short of improving gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in patients with systemic sclerosis, a study has shown.
06 Jun 2019
Treatment with rituximab in patients with systemic sclerosis is relatively safe and produces improvements in skin but not lung fibrosis, a study has shown.
Elvira Manzano, 05 Jun 2019
Early neuromuscular blockade (NMB) with concomitant heavy sedation in patients with moderate-to-severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) did not result in a significant mortality difference vs usual care, the ROSE* trial has shown.
04 Jun 2019
Treatment with methotrexate does not contribute to an increased risk of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and rather delays ILD onset, according to a study.
Elvira Manzano, 04 Jun 2019
Treatment with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) nintedanib reduces pulmonary function decline in patients with systemic sclerosis–associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD), according to the phase III SENSCIS* trial which is touted as the largest randomized controlled trial in SSc-ILD thus far.
04 Jun 2019
The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) has recently issued a position statement asserting the need to provide empathetic and pragmatic guidance for patient care despite lack of evidence for use of medical cannabis in patients with rheumatic diseases.
Special Reports
01 Jul 2018
With the objective of establishing a Malaysian consensus on the use of topical NSAIDs in the management of musculoskeletal pain, this meeting brought together experts from various backgrounds, ie, rheumatology, pharmacy, orthopaedics and general medicine. At the meeting, Dr Mary Suma Cardosa delivered a talk on the pathophysiology and effective management of pain, while the lecture by Dr Yeap Swan Sim focused on the management of musculoskeletal and soft-tissue pain. This article presents excerpts from the expert meeting and features the consensus statements agreed during the meeting.
28 Nov 2017
At the 47th Annual Scientific Meeting/Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association, Dr Algis Jovaisas discussed important clinical considerations when it comes to choosing between nonselective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsNSAIDs) and selective COX-2 inhibitors (coxibs) for the management of acute pain.
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.
03 Apr 2017
At the International Osteoporosis Foundation Regionals – 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Singapore, Professor Olivier Bruyère shared about the algorithm for the management of knee OA by the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO). MIMS Doctor also spoke to Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, president of ESCEO about this algorithm and the role of SYSADOAs in the control of pain and prevention of disease progression.
Conference Reports
Audrey Abella, 25 Jul 2018
The human anti-interleukin (IL)-1β monoclonal antibody canakinumab continued to show optimal control of disease activity (ie, one or no new flare, no uptitration) in patients with colchicine-resistant familial Mediterranean fever (crFMF), TNF* receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS), and hyper IgD** syndrome (HIDS)/mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD) after 112 weeks, according to results from the fourth phase of the CLUSTER*** trial presented at EULAR 2018.
Elvira Manzano, 29 Jun 2018
Treatment with the immunomodulatory agent canakinumab reduces the risk of gout flares by more than half in patients with atherosclerosis, according to the post hoc analysis of the CANTOS* trial.
Pearl Toh, 28 Jun 2018
More than half of the increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk associated with osteoarthritis can be attributed to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), suggests a study presented at the EULAR 2018 Congress.
Elaine Soliven, 28 Jun 2018
Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to have premature delivery or baby of low birth weight compared with women without RA, according to a study presented at EULAR 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 Jun 2018

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a similar incidence of cancer regardless of whether they are treated with tocilizumab or tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, according to a study presented at EULAR 2018.

Pearl Toh, 25 Jun 2018
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) derived a greater benefit from tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in terms of less radiographic progression when they also took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), suggests a cohort study presented at the EULAR 2018 Congress.
Stephen Padilla, 25 Jun 2018
Although majority of Takayasu arteritis (TA) pregnancies are uneventful and have favourable foetal and maternal outcomes, pregnant TA patients with active disease are at increased risk of developing maternal complications, particularly cardiovascular events, according to a study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress 2018.
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