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Prof. Cheuk-Chun Szeto, Dr. Winston W. S. Fung, 25 Jan 2018
A 65-year-old lady with a background of type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and chronic immune thrombocytopenia presented to us with a 2-week history of generalized malaise and myalgia. Shortly after the onset of myalgia, she was noted to have reduced urine output and the urine was described as dark in colour. Her regular medications included prednisolone, danazol, simvastatin, metformin, and human insulin. Upon further questioning, the patient admitted that her compliance to simvastatin and danazol used to be poor. However, she recently started to take both medications regularly after repeated education.
Pearl Toh, 30 Jan 2018
Use of statins may not be neuroprotective, in contrast to findings from previous observational studies. On the contrary, fungus-derived or lipophilic statins appeared to be associated with a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared with synthetic and hydrophilic statins, suggests a new study based on real-world clinical practice data.
26 Dec 2017
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in combination with rosuvastatin may yield significant reductions in triglycerides and nonhigh-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as compared with rosuvastatin monotherapy, according to data from the ROMANTIC (rosuvastatin-omacor in residual hypertriglyceridemia) trial.
Rachel Soon, 21 Feb 2018

MIMS Pharmacist sits down with pharmacist researcher Dr Mai Chun Wai to find out more about his work in drug discovery, including his investigations of Antarctic soil microorganisms.

Serious, long-term ocular effects seen after bevacizumab treatment vs laser in eyes with ROP

14 Feb 2018

Treatment with bevacizumab for acute-phase retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), compared with laser, is associated with greater incidence of potentially serious and long-term ocular effects as shown by fluorescein angiography (FA), according to a study.

Abnormalities were seen at the periphery (avascular area, vessel leakage, shunts, abnormal vessel branching and tangles) or the posterior pole (hyperfluorescent lesions, absence of foveal avascular zone) in all 20 eyes treated with bevacizumab at 4 years of age.

On the other hand, these lesions were not present in most of the eyes that underwent laser treatment. Among the 19 laser-treated eyes, one had leakage, three had shunts and tangles, and another three had macular abnormalities.

In this single, randomized, controlled trial, the investigators compared structural outcome at age 4 years of eyes treated with intravitreal injection of bevacizumab with that of fellow eyes treated with conventional laser photoablation in type 1 ROP.

All inborn babies with type 1 zone 1 ROP (n=21; 42 eyes) at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Catholic University in Rome from 1 September 2009 to 31 March 2012 were enrolled. In 21 infants, one eye was randomly assigned to receive an intravitreal injection of 0.5 mg bevacizumab, while the fellow eye underwent conventional laser photoablation.

The investigators performed digital retinal imaging and FA at an average of 4 years following treatment in follow-up. Two experts examined fluorescein angiograms to document retinal and choroidal findings.

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Prof. Cheuk-Chun Szeto, Dr. Winston W. S. Fung, 25 Jan 2018
A 65-year-old lady with a background of type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and chronic immune thrombocytopenia presented to us with a 2-week history of generalized malaise and myalgia. Shortly after the onset of myalgia, she was noted to have reduced urine output and the urine was described as dark in colour. Her regular medications included prednisolone, danazol, simvastatin, metformin, and human insulin. Upon further questioning, the patient admitted that her compliance to simvastatin and danazol used to be poor. However, she recently started to take both medications regularly after repeated education.
Pearl Toh, 30 Jan 2018
Use of statins may not be neuroprotective, in contrast to findings from previous observational studies. On the contrary, fungus-derived or lipophilic statins appeared to be associated with a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared with synthetic and hydrophilic statins, suggests a new study based on real-world clinical practice data.
26 Dec 2017
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in combination with rosuvastatin may yield significant reductions in triglycerides and nonhigh-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as compared with rosuvastatin monotherapy, according to data from the ROMANTIC (rosuvastatin-omacor in residual hypertriglyceridemia) trial.
Rachel Soon, 21 Feb 2018

MIMS Pharmacist sits down with pharmacist researcher Dr Mai Chun Wai to find out more about his work in drug discovery, including his investigations of Antarctic soil microorganisms.