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Rachel Soon, 16 Aug 2019

On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.

Jackey Suen, 08 Oct 2018

Adding pertuzumab to trastuzumab plus an aromatase inhibitor (AI) improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer, the phase II PERTAIN study has shown.

05 Aug 2019
Use of alpha blockers in the treatment of hypertension in women is associated with an increased risk of hypotension and related events as compared with other blood pressure-lowering drugs, as reported in a recent study.
Dr. Bryan Li, Dr. Gerry Kwok, Dr. Thomas Yau, 07 Aug 2019

Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.

Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1c of 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.

Antibiotic prophylaxis helps prevent recurrent UTI-related new renal scarring

05 Aug 2019
The increasing shortage of a commonly used antibiotic, Tazocin, has raised concerns on an international scale.

Antibiotic prophylaxis can reduce the risk of new renal scarring associated with recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI), results of the RIVUR* trial have shown.

The authors included 489 patients (mean age, 20.3 months; 91 percent female). Those with recurrent UTI were more likely to have any new renal scarring (odds ratio [OR], 4.1, 95 percent CI, 2.0–8.5; p<0.01) after adjusting for age, sex, index UTI, duplication, bowel bladder dysfunction and antibiotic prophylaxis.

Fewer patients on antibiotic prophylaxis (n=5/244; 2 percent) than on placebo (n=13/245; 5 percent) experienced recurrent UTI-related new renal scarring.

Children on placebo had a higher risk of recurrent UTI-related new renal scarring (OR, 3.1, 1.0–8.8; p=0.04) compared with those on antibiotic prophylaxis after further adjustments for hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux grade and baseline renal scarring.

No between-group differences were observed in scar severity at final dimercaptosuccinic acid scan (p=0.88) or change from baseline (p=0.53).

“It remains unclear why new renal scarring developed in a proportion of [patients] without recurrent urinary tract infection,” the authors said. “The results should be carefully interpreted due to the inherent limitations.”

This study included children with dimercaptosuccinic acid scan within 6 months of enrolment and at least 1 follow-up dimercaptosuccinic acid scan from the RIVUR trial. Recurrent UTI-related new renal scarring, defined as recurrent UTI and new changes on dimercaptosuccinic acid scan, was the primary outcome. Propensity score was used to adjust for confounders due to a low number of events. The associations between covariates and outcome was assessed using multivariate logistic regression.

*Randomized Intervention for Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux

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Rachel Soon, 16 Aug 2019

On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.

Jackey Suen, 08 Oct 2018

Adding pertuzumab to trastuzumab plus an aromatase inhibitor (AI) improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer, the phase II PERTAIN study has shown.

05 Aug 2019
Use of alpha blockers in the treatment of hypertension in women is associated with an increased risk of hypotension and related events as compared with other blood pressure-lowering drugs, as reported in a recent study.
Dr. Bryan Li, Dr. Gerry Kwok, Dr. Thomas Yau, 07 Aug 2019

Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.

Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1c of 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.