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Stephen Padilla, 15 hours ago
Adding fenofibrate to allopurinol or febuxostat reduces uric acid levels in patients with gout without showing any significant change in renal or hepatic functions, a recent study has shown. This suggests that cotreatment of fenofibrate with xanthine oxidase inhibitors is a reasonable option for treating gout in patients who have high triglyceride levels.
16 hours ago
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) at time of diagnosis worsens health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in comparison to the reference population, a Dutch study has found. Tender joints, enthesitis at clinical examination and back pain as indicators of pain affect HRQOL.
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Women with silicone breast implants are at heightened risk of subsequently developing an autoimmune/rheumatic disorder, specifically sarcoidosis, systemic sclerosis and Sjögren’s syndrome, according to a study.
2 days ago
A recent study has shown that 20 percent of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are in need of orthopaedic surgery.
3 days ago
Flares are common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with low disease activity (LDA), according to a study. Flares also correlate with worse disease activity, quality of life and radiographic progression.
13 Nov 2018
Kidney transplant recipients are likely to develop gout within 3 years after the procedure, according to a study.
Elvira Manzano, 11 Nov 2018
Low-dose methotrexate, which is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders, has shown unexpectedly disappointing results in preventing cardiovascular (CV) events among patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI) or multivessel coronary disease, according to CIRT*, potentially ruling out what could be an affordable option for treating inflammation related to atherosclerosis.
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.
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.
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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