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Following etanercept (ETN) withdrawal, a relapse occurs in a significant proportion of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who maintain clinically inactive disease (CID) for at least 6 months, a recent study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Jul 2018

Octogenarians who undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA) have similar functional outcomes after surgery as their younger counterparts, according to a retrospective, single-centre study from Singapore.

Audrey Abella, 12 Jul 2018
The use of the bisphosphonate risedronate led to a significant reduction in periprosthetic bone mineral density (BMD) loss around an uncemented femoral stem for up to 6 months following total hip arthroplasty (THA), a meta-analysis has shown.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 12 Jul 2018
Tocilizumab monotherapy or combined with conventional synthetic (cs)disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) represents a valuable option in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with inadequate response to biologic (b)DMARDS, according to a recent study.
06 Jul 2018
Patients with cirrhosis appear to have an elevated risk of fracture, according to a study, highlighting the importance of instituting preventive measures as early as possible.
05 Jul 2018
A robust association exists between crystal-proven gout and increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a recent study has found. Additionally, characteristic gout severity factors correlate with CVD in patients with gout.
Stephen Padilla, 03 Jul 2018
There is high long-term retention of the first tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) administered to patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA), particularly for males with axial disease, reports a study. Major response within the first year of treatment is the strongest predictor of long-term TNFi survival.
Special Reports
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.
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.
Conference Reports
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.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 25 Jun 2018
Denosumab yields increases in bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP), and this benefit is not influenced by prior antiosteoporotic treatment, as shown in a study.
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