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High-dose PPI use among cirrhotic patients poses risk of death, complications
11 hours ago
Patients with cirrhosis who are exposed to high-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are at increased risk of death and cirrhotic complications, as suggested in a retrospective study.
Patient-reported outcomes in advanced RCC favour belzutifan over everolimus
Jairia Dela Cruz, 15 hours ago
Treatment with belzutifan helps patients with previously treated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) achieve better disease-specific symptoms and quality of life (QoL) compared with everolimus, according to the patient-reported outcome (PRO) data from the phase III LITESPARK-005 trial.
Existing interventions insufficient in easing physician burnout
16 hours ago
Several interventions for reducing physician burnout result in significant numerical improvements in some domains, but such improvements fall short of providing meaningful changes in clinical burnout, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
Depressed? Do some exercise, says study
Stephen Padilla, 17 hours ago
People who are suffering from depression may find relief by getting physically active, like walking or jogging, yoga, and strength training, a study suggests. More intense exercises also seem to provide greater benefits in reducing depression, while yoga and strength training are well tolerated versus other treatments.
12-year HK study: Higher mortality risk with dysnatraemia at ICU admission
18 hours ago
Readmissions within 30 days are common among patients with cirrhosis, but most of these are not preventable, reveals a study.
COVID-19 vaccine–related cycle length changes linked to receipt of vaccine during follicular phase
23 hours ago
Receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle leads to changes in cycle length, as reported in a study.
Subcutaneous noninferior to intravenous nivolumab for clear cell renal cell carcinoma
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Subcutaneous nivolumab is good enough for patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) when compared with intravenous nivolumab, with no significant differences in the pharmacokinetic, efficacy, and safety endpoints, according to data from the open-label, phase III CheckMate 67T study.
Special Reports
COVID-19, influenza, death, hospital admission, adverse outcome
07 Feb 2024
A comparative analysis has shown that COVID-19 is distinctly more severe than seasonal influenza, with significantly increased long-term risks of adverse health outcomes and burdens.1
fenofibrate, metabolic syndrome, statins, omega-3 fatty acids, MACE
05 Feb 2024
A nationwide population-based cohort study in South Korea compared the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids and fenofibrate for reducing major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in individuals with metabolic syndrome (≥30 years) on statin therapy.1
Treating type 2 diabetes mellitus with G.R.A.C.E.
22 Jan 2024
A challenging aspect of glycaemic control presents in patients diagnosed with early-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Considering this challenge, how can effective management of glycaemic control be achieved in patients with uncontrolled T2DM who are hesitant to incorporate multiple oral antidiabetic drugs into their current regimen? In this case study, Dr Matthew Tan shared his clinical experience in managing a young adult patient with T2DM using GLYXAMBI®, a fixed-dose combination of empagliflozin and linagliptin taken once daily. He demonstrated how applying the G.R.A.C.E. concept to the treatment improved the patient’s clinical outcome.

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Effectiveness of mRNA Vaccines Against Omicron XBB Infection in Singaporean Children Under 5: A Population-Based Cohort Study
22 Jan 2024
Limited data exists on COVID-19 mRNA vaccine effectiveness in children aged 1–4 years, particularly against Omicron subvariants. In a cohort study conducted during Omicron XBB subvariant predominant period in Singapore, completing the primary COVID-19 mRNA vaccine series significantly protected against COVID-19 infection in this age group, with 45.2% and 63.3% vaccine effectiveness in partially and fully vaccinated children, respectively. Vaccine effectiveness was also robust at 74.6% in children with prior COVID-19 infection who received at least one vaccine dose.
Nicorette® QuickMist Launch Symposium
19 Jan 2024
During the launch of Nicorette® QuickMist at the Kuala Lumpur Nicotine Addiction International Conference (KLNAC) 2023, a panel of distinguished experts led the discussion on the role of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) on smoking cessation management. The panel comprised of notable experts, including Professor Chris Bullen (New Zealand), Associate Professor Dr Amer Siddiq bin Amer Nordin (Malaysia), Dr Philip Tønnesen (Denmark) and Professor Philip Eng (Singapore).
COVID-19, nirmatrelvir, ritonavir, mRNA vaccine, Omicron, COPD, CDC, WHO
Dr. Chan Kwok Wai Adrian, Prof. Yang Kuang-Yao, 10 Jan 2024
At the 27th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) 2023, a Pfizer-sponsored symposium addressed the evolving challenges of COVID-19, particularly for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions. Chaired by Dr Chan Kwok Wai Adrian, a renowned respiratory physician and intensivist from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore, and featuring insights from Professor Yang Kuang-Yao of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan, the symposium focused on the disease’s impact, treatment guidelines, regional management strategies, and the role of nirmatrelvir/ritonavir, a new oral combination pill, in the treatment of COVID-19.
Navigating invasive fungal infections in unconventional hosts — insights and strategies
Assoc Prof. Carolina García-Vidal, Dr. Jasmine Chung, 06 Jan 2024

At a recent symposium organized by Pfizer, in collaboration with the Society of Infectious Disease Singapore, A/Prof Carolina García-Vidal, Senior Specialist, Infectious Diseases Department at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Spain, shared valuable insights on managing invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in nontraditional hosts. The session was chaired by Dr Jasmine Chung, Senior Consultant and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Unit, Singapore General Hospital.

Conference Reports
Subcutaneous noninferior to intravenous nivolumab for clear cell renal cell carcinoma
Jairia Dela Cruz, 03 Mar 2024
Subcutaneous nivolumab is good enough for patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) when compared with intravenous nivolumab, with no significant differences in the pharmacokinetic, efficacy, and safety endpoints, according to data from the open-label, phase III CheckMate 67T study.
CheckMate 9ER: Nivolumab + cabozantinib maintains survival benefit, response in aRCC
Elaine Soliven, 02 Mar 2024

The combination therapy of nivolumab plus cabozantinib (NIVO + CABO) continues to show long-term survival benefits and response rates over sunitinib at 55 months in patients with previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (aRCC), according to updated results of the CheckMate 9ER study presented at ASCO GU 2024.

Nivolumab plus ipilimumab superior to sunitinib in advanced RCC
Stephen Padilla, 01 Mar 2024
First-line treatment with nivolumab plus ipilimumab (NIVO+IPI) results in better survival and response benefits in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (aRCC) when compared with sunitinib (SUN), as shown by long-term follow-up data from the CheckMate 214 trial.
Pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib effective against nonclear cell RCC
Stephen Padilla, 29 Feb 2024
Pembrolizumab (pembro) plus lenvatinib (lenva) provides durable antitumour activity in patients with advanced nonclear cell renal cell carcinoma (nccRCC) and has a manageable safety profile, according to the results of the phase II KEYNOTE-B61 study.
TKI-ICI combo offers hope for prostate cancer patients with poor prognosis
Audrey Abella, 29 Feb 2024
A combination of the TKI* cabozantinib and ICI** atezolizumab improved progression-free survival (PFS) in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) with measurable extrapelvic nodal or visceral metastasis who progressed on prior novel hormonal therapy (NHT), findings from the phase III CONTACT-02 trial have shown.
Adjuvant pembrolizumab holds promise in bladder cancer
Audrey Abella, 28 Feb 2024
The phase III AMBASSADOR Alliance A031501 trial showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in disease-free survival (DFS) with adjuvant pembrolizumab compared with observation in patients with high-risk locally advanced muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma (MIUC) after radical surgery regardless of PD-L1 status.
KEYNOTE-564: Adjuvant pembrolizumab ups survival in kidney cancer
Elaine Soliven, 28 Feb 2024

Adjuvant treatment with pembrolizumab has significantly improved overall survival (OS) in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who are at high risk of recurrence after surgery, according to an updated analysis of the KEYNOTE-564 trial presented at ASCO GU 2024.