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There appears to be a paradox in the context of smoking and the risk of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), such that current smoking increases the risk of developing PsA in the general population but protects against the same risk among patients with psoriasis, according to a study.
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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.
2 days ago
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.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 2 days ago

Researchers from Japan have suggested several factors, namely younger age at DMARD* therapy initiation and low serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, as factors that may predict successful down-titration of biologic DMARDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Roshini Claire Anthony, 6 days ago

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are overweight or obese have a higher degree of histologically-proven follicular synovitis. Furthermore, body mass index (BMI) appears to impact response to treatment in these patients, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the ACR/ARHP* held in San Diego, California, US.

 

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Tocilizumab may improve skin score and forced vital capacity stabilization in patients with systemic sclerosis, while potentially increasing the risk of serious infections, according to the open-label data of the faSScinate* trial.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 10 Nov 2017

Women who temporarily or permanently stop taking bisphosphonates (drug holiday) for an extended period of time may have an increased risk of hip fractures, findings from a recent population-based study revealed.

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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