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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.
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.
Elvira Manzano, Yesterday
The oral pill fingolimod significantly reduces relapses vs interferon beta-1a in PARADIGMS, the first randomized controlled trial of fingolimod vs interferon beta-1a in paediatric multiple sclerosis (MS).
Yesterday
Children with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), oligoarticular JIA and spondyloarthropathies (SpA) appear to have amplified exposure to gut bacterial products, highlighting the view that the intestine is a source of immune stimulation in JIA, a recent study has found.
Audrey Abella, 2 days ago
The infliximab (IFX) biosimilar SB2, whether administered long-term or switched from IFX, had comparable efficacy and safety as IFX for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study has found.
3 days ago
A 10-week internet-based exposure treatment appears to effectively reduce fibromyalgia severity, including pain, according to a study.
Pearl Toh, 3 days ago
An initial strategy of 1-year romosozumab followed by alendronate is superior over alendronate alone in reducing new vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, according to the ARCH* study.
Special Reports
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.
07 Mar 2017
At the 17th Malaysian Society of Rheumatology/Singapore Society of Rheumatology Workshop, Associate Professor Susanna Proudman, a senior consultant in rheumatology from Australia, shared with the audience on the diagnosis and management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), with a focus on systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related PAH.
18 Aug 2016
During the combined meeting of the 46th Malaysian Orthopaedic Association Annual General Meeting/Annual Scientific Meeting and the 10th ASEAN Arthroplasty Association Meeting, Dr Joseph Pergolizzi spoke on the importance of chronic pain control and appropriate strategies to achieve this. Highlights of his presentation are summarized below.
13 May 2015
Recently, MIMS Doctor sat down with Associate Professor Dr Sabarul Afian Mokhtar to get his perspectives on the use of monoclonal antibody for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis (PO) and also important learning from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Regionals 5th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting. Highlights from the interview are presented here.
Naomi Adam, 01 Feb 2014

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease, the underlying cause of which is not fully known. Recently, biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have started to be considered for the treatment of SLE due to their improved tolerability profiles compared with conventional therapies. This report profiles belimumab, a novel biologic DMARD, which has been approved for use in the treatment of certain patients with SLE.

Conference Reports
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.
Audrey Abella, 17 Oct 2017
The use of functional imaging modalities such as octreotide scintigraphy and 68Ga DOTATATE PET/CT* enhances localization of tumour-induced osteomalacia (TIO), a rare syndrome characterized by bone pain, muscle weakness, and skeletal deformities due to overproduction of the hormone fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), according to data presented at AFOS 2017.
17 Oct 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS 2017) 5th Annual Scientific Meeting
Elvira Manzano, 16 Oct 2017
Osteoporosis is an age-related complex disease with a strong genetic component. However, the genes responsible for the disease remain poorly defined, says an expert at AFOS 2017.
Stephen Padilla, 16 Oct 2017
Elderly patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVF) should refrain from undergoing highly invasive surgery, but those with no posterior wall mobility or paralysis may benefit from balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) for OVF with posterior vertebral wall damage, according to a study presented at the 5th Scientific Meeting Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
13 Oct 2017
Dr Joon Kiong Lee discusses pharmacotherapy for osteoporosis and the role of FLS in fracture prevention
13 Oct 2017
Podcast: Dr Fen Lee Hew talks about the pressing need to prevent osteoporotic fractures in Asia
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