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Early antiretroviral treatment cuts HIV transmission
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Early antiretroviral treatment cuts HIV
transmission
Rajesh Kumar
P
eople infected with human immu-
nodefciency virus (HIV) are 96 per-
cent less likely to transmit the disease to
their healthy partners if they start taking
antretroviral drugs (ARVs) early, accord-
ing to a study hailed as a scientfc break-
through of 2011.
The fndings end a long-standing debate
over whether ARVs can provide a double
beneft by treatng the virus in individual
patents while simultaneously cutng
transmission rates, said researchers from
the University of North Carolina’s school
of medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
US. [N Engl J Med 2011; 365:493-505]
The HPTN* 052 study enrolled 1,763
heterosexual couples in 2007 from Brazil,
India, Thailand, the US, Botswana, Kenya,
Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Each
partcipatng couple included one HIV-
positve partner.
Half of the HIV-positve individuals
were put on ARVs immediately while the
other half were made to wait untl their
CD4 counts fell below 250 — indicatve
of severe immune damage — before
A US trial suggests that ARVs not only treat HIV infection, they also reduce transmission rates.
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ofering treatment to see if this made any
diference in HIV transmission to healthy
partners or to HIV-related clinical events
in HIV-positve group.
In early 2011, 39 HIV transmissions
to healthy partners were observed (inci-
dence rate, 1.2 per 100 person-years;
95% confdence interval [CI], 0.9 to 1.7),
of which 28 were virologically linked to
the infected partner (incidence rate,
0.9 per 100 person-years, 95% CI, 0.6 to
1.3). Of the 28 linked transmissions, only
one occurred in the early-therapy group
(hazard rato, 0.04; 95% CI, 0.01 to 0.27;
P<0.001).
Also, 105 partcipants had at least one
HIV-related clinical event: 40 of them in
the early-therapy group and 65 in the
delayed-therapy group, a reducton of
nearly 40 percent. Extra-pulmonary tuber-
culosis dominated the clinical events, with
three cases in the early therapy group
versus 17 cases in the other.
Seeing these results, an independent
monitoring board decided all study par-
tcipants should be given ARVs 4 years
before the study’s closure. The board also
recommended that the trial’s fndings be
made public as soon as possible.
Professor Roy Chan, head of Singapore’s
natonal sexually transmited infectons
control program, called it “an important
study for Asia and the rest of the world”
due to its signifcance for the war on HIV/
AIDS.
Treatment with ARVs is already known
to reduce the viral load in an infected indi-
vidual. Many HIV/AIDS researchers had
reasoned that treated individuals should
also be less infectous. But skeptcs con-
tended that such a theory was unproven
and that the viral load might not refect
levels of virus in genital secretons.
The new study’s fndings help promote
ongoing treatment of HIV to reduce viral
loads in communites and could possibly
eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemics in some
countries, said the researchers.
But ARV therapy is by no means a
magic bullet for controlling or ending
the HIV epidemic, said Dr. Scot Hammer
from the division of infectous diseases at
Columbia University Medical Center, New
York–Presbyterian Hospital, New York,
US, in an accompanying editorial. [N Engl
J Med 2011; 365:561-562]
Adverse events, emergence of drug-
resistant viral strains, maintenance of
adherence, sustainability, and cost are
just some of the concerns, said Hammer.
“However, this is precisely the wrong
tme to limit access to antretroviral ther-
apy in resource-limited setngs, since
we have the tools in hand to maintain or
restore health in infected persons and
reduce transmission to their sexual part-
ners,” he said.
Dr. James D. Shelton of the US Agency
for Internatonal Development (USAID)’s
bureau for global health, in another com-
ment, said ARV resistance mutatons are
already found in untreated patents and
providing ARVs on a more massive scale
for many years opens the doors for more
resistance, especially when use would
be long and adherence possibly lower.
[Science 2011; 334:1645-1646]
ARVs as preventon must not jeopardize
already precariously low funding for com-
plementary preventon interventons such
as male circumcision, condoms and behav-
ior change, said Shelton.
* HPTN: HIV Preventon Trials Network
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Protecting our children from HIV
W
orld AIDS Day is a day of remembrance,
and 2011 was more somber and less
hopeful than I would have predicted.
Although the latest progress report on
the global HIV/AIDS response shows that
the incidence of HIV contnues to decline
and fewer people are dying from AIDS-
related causes, new money for the cause is
drying up.
Following the recent cancellaton of the
11th funding round by the Global Fund to
fght AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria due
to a lack of donor country support, chil-
dren living with HIV across Asia and Africa
will be amongst those hardest hit as sup-
port for preventon of mother-to-child HIV
transmission programs and pediatric drug
formulatons will be ratoned even further.
The fund is one of the largest fnancial
supporters of programs ofering educaton,
support and treatment to those living with
HIV and AIDS. However, underfunding has
led to the replacement of round 11 with a
transitonal funding mechanism to provide
just enough for the contnuaton of “essen-
tal” preventon, treatment and care ser-
vices of the three diseases.
There are critcal programs around the
world that were relying on the opportu-
nity to apply for round 11 funding. Without
the opportunity to apply to round 11, crit-
cal HIV programs around the world will be
forced to make painful choices to sacrifce
actvites or close their doors. The overall
consequence will be to end access to life-
saving treatment for some of the poorest
among us. Afer achieving so much as a
global community to improve HIV treat-
ment coverage, preventon, educaton, and
community mobilizaton, funding cuts pose
a real risk of taking us back to a disastrous
situaton.
We do need to become more strategic in
our investments and more efcient in how
we implement programs, but this is the
wrong tme to slow down.
Asian children and HIV
The pediatric HIV epidemic in Asia faces
new challenges that are in some sense a
consequence of having earlier access to
antretroviral drugs. Children born with HIV
in places like Thailand were given treatment
early on in the epidemic, before we had
potent triple-drug regimens. This kept them
Dr. Annete Sohn, Director, TREAT Asia (Therapeutcs Research, Educaton and AIDS
Training in Asia), The Foundaton for AIDS Research, Bangkok, Thailand.
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alive, but has led to fewer optons to man-
age their increasingly resistant HIV virus.
Being born with HIV infecton afects
the immune and other organ systems of
the body diferently from someone who
acquires infecton as an adult. The conse-
quences of this are apparently early on in
life in terms of brain development and later
in life in terms of bone and cardiovascular
toxicites. We do not fully appreciate what
it means to grow up with HIV and have to
deal with the virus for a lifetme.
We now have a growing cohort of older
adolescents. Within the TREAT Asia cohort
(a network of pediatric clinical sites in low
to middle income countries in SE Asia and
India), about 40 percent of the children
are already 12 years or older. These HIV-
positve adolescents, who have had the
virus all their lives, present a range of clini-
cal management challenges. At a tme when
they are growing up, trying to explore the
world and fnd a way for themselves within
it, they are also dealing with HIV and related
health problems, medicaton adherence,
drug resistance, and frequently doing this
as orphans.
Beter diagnosis needed
We also need to beter identfy the chil-
dren who have HIV infecton, because we
don’t really know the true incidence of HIV
among children in Asia. That our preventon
of mother-to-child transmission program
coverage is worse than sub-Saharan Africa
should be a cause for shame among the
countries of the region, and too few infants
can access the PCR testng needed to diag-
nose HIV.
Children do not know whether they have
HIV or not. They cannot complain. They rely
on adults around them to take care of them,
to diagnose their illnesses. If we are able to
diagnose them early on and start them on
antretroviral drugs, they will survive and
hope to live to adulthood.
As we watch HIV funding shrinking more
and more, I wonder how it is that we are
able to spend so much on “saving” ques-
tonable elements of our fnancial systems
and so litle on saving the lives of our world’s
children.
Mother-child HIV transmission can be reduced
A
ntretroviral drugs may prevent
mother-to-child HIV transmission by
about 50 percent if they are administered
within the frst 6 months of life or untl
breasteeding stops.
South African researchers adminis-
tered the antretroviral drug nevirapine
once daily to 1,527 infants at risk for HIV
transmission for 6 weeks, as is standard
practce. Infants were randomized to con-
tnue receiving nevirapine or a placebo
for up to 6 months or untl they stopped
breasteeding. [Lancet 2011. DOI:10.1016/
S0140-6736(11)61653-X]
The trial showed that 1.1 percent of
infants randomized to receive nevirapine
became HIV-positve between the ages of
6 weeks and 6 months compared with 2.4
percent of those receiving placebo — a 54
percent transmission reducton. Mortality
was comparable between the two groups,
1.2 percent in the nevirapine group and
1.1 percent in the placebo group, as was
the frequency of adverse events.
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Uronephrology Update Symposium, Jakarta, 14-15 January 2012
Majunya transplantasi ginjal di Indonesia
Hardini Ariviant
T
ransplantasi ginjal sudah menjadi pena-
talaksanaan standar bagi penderita
gagal ginjal terminal dan tdak lagi dalam
tahap eksperimental. Indonesia telah ber-
hasil melakukan teknik tersebut sejak
tahun 1977. Dalam upaya pengembangan
dan peningkatan jumlah transplantasi ini,
diperlukan pendidikan berkelanjutan. Itu
sebabnya dalam rangka HUT RS PGI Cikini
yang ke-114, menggelar workshop dan
simposium ‘Uronephrology Update’ yang
berlangsung 13-15 Januari lalu. Simposium
ini bertemakan “Refning Our Practces
in Kidney Transplantaton and What is
Beyond Those?” merupakan kerjasama
dengan Ikatan Ahli Urologi Indonesia
(IAUI), Perhimpunan Nefrologi Indonesia
(PERNEFRI), Persatuan Ahli Bedah Indonesia
(PABI), dan Persatuan Perawat Ginjal Intensif
Indonesia (PPGII).
Simposium ini bertujuan untuk men-
ingkatkan kualitas penanganan trans-
plantasi ginjal di seluruh rumah sakit di
Indonesia yang berperan serta dalam pro-
gram transplantasi organ, terutama ginjal.
“Sebelumnya, tanggal 13 Januari kami mulai
dengan kegiatan workshop mengenai pema-
sangan CAPD baik untuk perawat maupun
dokter ahli bedah, yang kami lanjutkan den-
gan simposium 2 hari ini,” jelas dr. Eben Ezer
S, SpU. Untuk transplantasi, RS Cikini telah
melakukan lebih dari 300 transplantasi gin-
jal dalam kurun waktu 1977-2012.
Perbaikan kualitas hidup
Upaya transplantasi ginjal ini, dinilai
dengan parameter yang berupa hara-
pan hidup, survival dan kualitas/kuant-
tas hidup pasien. “Dibandingkan dengan
hemodialisa dan CAPD, upaya ini memi-
liki harapan hidup dan kualitas/kuanttas
hidup jauh lebih baik,” tukas Prof. Dr, dr,
Endang Susalit, SpPD-KGH.
Diperkirakan jumlah penderita gagal
ginjal di dunia berkisar 3 juta. Di Amerika
dan Eropa sekitar 50%-nya memilih
transplantari, 30% dengan hemodial-
isa dan sisanya (20%) dengan CAPD. Di
Indonesia, lanjut dr. Endang, sebagian
besar melakukan hemodialisa/CAPD.
“Transplantasi di Indonesia masih ren-
dah yang mungkin disebabkan rendahnya
keinginan masyarakat untuk mendonasi-
kan ginjal.”
Untuk teknik pembedahan, dr. David
Manuputy, SpB, SpU (K), kami telah men-
inggalkan teknik klasik yang memerlukan
lapang operasi lebih luas. Teknik yang
digunakan kini – modifed – jauh lebih
baik dengan lapang operasi kecil dan
perdarahan lebih minim. Sedangkan dari
segi biaya jangka panjang, dibandingkan
dengan hemodialisa, transplantasi jauh
lebih hemat. “Mungkin transplantasi
mula-mula biayanya tnggi dibanding-
kan hemodialisa. Namun setelah kami
evaluasi, setelah 3 tahun biayanya sama
antara dua teknik tersebut dan 3 tahun
berikutnya biaya obat pasca transplantasi
lebih rendah dibandingkan hemodialisa.”
Selanjutnya, dr. Endang memaparkan
harapan ke depannya agar Indonesia
nantnya dapat melakukan transplan-
tasi dengan golongan darah yang
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incompatble dan donor dari jenazah.
Untuk yang gologan darah incompat-
ible, memerlukan persiapan yang lebih
banyak dan biaya mungkin bisa 1,5-2
kali lebih besar dibandingkan transplan-
tasi standar serta memerlukan ekstra
imunosupresan. “Saat ini Kementerian
Kesehatan sedang menyusun rancangan
peraturan pemerintah mengenai trans-
plantasi organ dari jenazah agar menjadi
‘payung’ hukum sehingga profesi merasa
aman untuk melakukan transplantasi.”
Penanganan permasalahan panggul dan lutut
panggul
Hardini Ariviant
O
steoporosis menjadi salah satu
masalah yang meningkat teru-
tama pada lansia. Fraktur osteoporotk
menyebabkan pasien perlu rawat inap,
dan meningkatkan angka morbiditas dan
mortalitas. Salah satu terapi adalah bifos-
fonat yang dapat meningkatkan kekuatan
tulang dengan menghambat reabsorbsi
tulang dan umumnya dilaporkan dapat
mengurangi risiko fraktur sebesar 30-60%.
Namun kepatuhan pasien pada terapi ini
masih menjadi kendala. Hal ini menjadi
salah satu topik yang dikemukakan oleh
dr. Nicolaas C Budhiparama, Jr, FICS, SpOT
pada ‘2nd Annual Scientfc Meetng of
Indonesian Hip and Knee Society’ (IHKS)
pertengahan Januari lalu. Pada ‘Annual
Scientfc Meetng’ ke-2 ini, IHKS men-
gangkat tema ‘Hip and Knee Updates’.
Asam zoledronat adalah bifosfonat
yang diberikan setahun sekali dengan cara
infus intravena. Cara ini dapat meningkat-
kan kepatuhan pasien, dan prosedur ini
harus di-follow up selama 12 bulan setelah
pemberian dosis tunggal. “Karena diberi-
kan intravena, efek samping pada salu-
ran cerna dapat dihindari yang seringkali
terjadi pada pemberian oral,” lanjut Ketua
IHKS ini.
Asam zoledronat diindikasikan seba-
gai terapi osteoporosis pada wanita pasca
menopause dan sebagai terapi osteopo-
rosis pada pria dan wanita usia di atas
50 tahun dengan sedikit riwayat fraktur
panggul.
Pada plenary lecture, dr. Nicolaas yang
juga sebagai ‘Founding Father’ dari ‘Asean
Arthroplasty Associaton’ (AAA), mema-
parkan perkembangan terbaru pada pang-
gul dan lutut di Indonesia dan dunia. Dari
paparan tersebut, dikatakan, Indonesia
sebenarnya cukup maju. Sebagai con-
tohnya, dilakukannya operasi penggantan
lutut dengan sistem navigasi komputer
di Indonesia bersama dengan India dan
Australia di tahun 2004 merupakan salah
satu pioneernya.
Acara ‘2nd IHKS Scientfc Meetng’
ini merupakan salah satu yang terbesar
di Asia dan dihadiri pembicara dari ber-
bagai negara dan para President dan Past
President organisasi ‘Hip and Knee’ dunia.
Pembicara yang hadir berasal dari Amerika
Serikat, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam,
Filipina, Singapura, Malaysia, Belanda, dan
Perancis.
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Annual Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Hip and Knee Society, Jakarta, 13-15 January, 2012
Misi dan visi IHKS
Misi IHKS adalah memberikan pendidi-
kan, riset dan praktek bagi para ahli bedah
ortopedik dengan kekhususan di bidang
panggul dan lutut agar asosiasi ini memi-
liki kontribusi pada skala nasional dan
internasional. Sedangkan visi IHKS men-
jadi satu-satunya ‘wadah’ para ahli bedah
ortopedik dan traumatologi dengan minat
subspesialis yang relevan agar dapat ber-
sama-sama memecahkan ragam kasus
dan permasalahan tulang dan panggul di
Indonesia. “Selain itu, kami juga membuat
website untuk masyarakat, agar mereka
lebih aware akan masalah seputar panggul
dan lutut,” tambah dr. Nicolaas.
“Mengenai teknik, sejak tahun 2006 kami
sudah dapat melakukan teknik ‘double bun-
dle’ pada atlet-atlet yang mengalami ced-
era dan teknik ini merupakan salah satu
teknik perdana di Asia,” tukasnya lebih lan-
jut. Selain itu, Indonesia juga sudah mampu
melakukan penggantan panggul, lutut, pe-
nangananan urat yang putus dan atroskopi.
“Simposium ini menjadi ajang berbagi
pengalaman dan ilmu. Selama ini Indonesia
masih tertnggal untuk masalah panggul
dan lutut, maka kami harapkan dengan
adanya simposium ini, Indonesia akan ‘lon-
cat’ 4-5 langkah ke depan,” jelas dr. Andre
Pontoh, SpOT selaku Ketua Penyelenggara
simposium IHKS ini. Selain itu, IHKS
juga akan mendidik anggota ortopedi di
Indonesia agar dapat memberikan pelay-
anan yang lebih baik kepada masyarakat.
Tindakan bedah panggul dan lutut men-
jadi semakin popular di Indonesia, karena
meningkatnya awareness masyarakat
pada kesehatan panggul dan lutut.
Acara ke-2 ini merupakan salah satu
yang terbesar di Asia dan dihadiri pembic-
ara dari berbagai negara dan para President
dan Past President berbagai organisasi ‘Hip
and Knee’ dunia. Pembicara yang hadir
berasal dari Amerika Serikat, Australia,
Thailand, Vietnam, Filipina, Singapura,
Malaysia, Belanda, dan Perancis.
Kemudian dr. Andre menjelaskan, ang-
gota yang tergabung di dalam IHKS mer-
upakan anggota Persatuan Ahli Bedah
Ortopedi Indonesia (PABOI).
Untuk mencapai misi dan visi, menurut
dr. Kiki Novito, SpOT – selaku sekretaris
umum IHKS – tersedia program fellow-
ship untuk mengikut pendidikan keahlian
panggul dan lutut dengan syarat antara lain
menjadi anggota aktf PABOI; menjadi ang-
gota IHKS; berusia maksimum 45 tahun saat
awal program; memiliki STR yang masih
berlaku selama program pendidikan; sehat
secara mental dan fsik; lulus ujian kompre-
hensif (lisan dan tulisan); mendapat surat
rekomendasi dari 2 anggota dewan ahli
IHKS (2 surat), kantor yang menerbitkan
kartu (satu surat), dan dari tempat kerja
(satu surat); serta melampirkan semua ref-
erensi dengan riwayat hidup
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Pentingnya nutrisi di awal kehidupan
Hardini Arivianti
M
alnutrisi atau kurang gizi yang
dialami oleh ibu, akan berdampak
baik pada ibu maupun tumbuh kembang
janin untuk jangka pendek dan jangka
panjang. Hal ini dikemukakan oleh Dr.
dr. Saptawati Bardosono, MSc pada sim-
posium’ Early Life Nutrition’. Simposium
setengah hari tersebut mengangkat tema
‘The Importance of Early Life Nutrition to
Support Long Term Health’.
Dikatakan oleh dr. Saptawati, berat
badan bayi lahir rendah (BBLR) berkaitan
dengan kesehatan di masa yang akan
datang. “Prevalensi BBLR di Indonesia,
berkisar 10-19% dan BBLR ini berdampak
pada saat bayi tumbuh menjadi balita
dan cenderung berisiko 3 kali lebih besar
mengalami stunting dan berisiko menga-
lami penyakit jantung dan kardiovaskular
di kemudian hari.”
Salah satu penyebab BBLR adalah
kurang gizi pada ibu. Di Indonesia, calon
ibu yang belum hamil dan mengalami
kurang gizi berkisar 13%. Angka terse-
but bervariasi, 6% di Sulawesi Utara dan
lebih tinggi lagi di Papua dan NTT. Selain
itu anemia zat besi pada ibu hamil lebih
dari 40%, dan di Jakarta angka tersebut
berkisar 50%.
Dijelaskan mengenai sebuah kon-
sep ‘programming’ yang sudah terbukti
bahwa seorang manusia yang lahir terpro-
gram untuk mengalami masalah penyakit
kronis di kemudian hari. ‘Programming’
tersebut menunjukkan adanya korelasi
kuat antara BBLR dengan peningkatan
risiko kelainan metabolik. Namun konsep
ini masih memerlukan penelitian lebih
lanjut. “Yang penting perlu memahami
konsep nutrisi sejak awal kehidupan,
sejak masih dalam kandungan maupun
setelah bayi lahir yang memiliki dampak
jangka pendek dan panjang.”
Menurut Forsen dkk, meneliti 3000
laki-laki lahir di Helsinki (1924-1930)
menunjukkan ukuran bayi saat lahir ber-
hubungan dengan risiko penyakit jantung
koroner saat dewasa. Penyakit tersebut
juga berhubungan kuat dengan indeks
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massa tubuh/IMT ibu saat hamil. Angka
kematian tertinggi terjadi pada laki-laki
yang kurus saat lahir dan memiliki ibu
yang pendek dan gemuk. Penelitian lain
yang telah dilakukan di Gambia, menun-
jukkan rendahnya kenaikan berat badan
ibu selama hamil berhubungan dengan
peningkatan tekanan darah. Di Jamaika
menunjukkan rendahnya kenaikan berat
badan selama hamil, rendahnya hemo-
globin dan tipis tebalnya lipat kulit
bagian triseps berkaitan dengan pening-
katan tekanan darah pada anak di usia 11
tahun.
Nutrisi sebelum hamil
Untuk menilai nutrisi, sebaiknya difokus-
kan pada ibu agar dapat mencegah bayi
dengan BBLR. Begitu pula dengan pen-
yakit kronik ternyata ada beberapa faktor
risiko yang sudah terprogram sejak awal
kehidupan, yang salah satunya adalah
diet ibu sebelum dan saat hamil. Seorang
perempuan dengan kurang gizi (IMT
<18,5kg/m2) saat konsepsi akan sulit
untuk memperbaiki status gizi selama
hamil dan risiko kematian lebih tinggi
dibandingkan ibu dengan IMT normal.
Angka underweight di Indonesia sekitar
11,5% dan bervariasi antar tempat.
Status gizi kurang pada ibu saat mulai
hamil juga berpengaruh terhadap dife-
rensiasi sel saat menjadi fetus dan
plasenta. “Kurang gizi dapat menyebab-
kan lebih banyak plasenta yang terben-
tuk dibandingkan yang menjadi fetus
sehingga menyebabkan terjadinya ket-
erbatasan pertumbuhan janin sehingga
bayi akan berisiko lahir dengan BBLR,”
tukas dr. Tati, panggilan akrabnya.
Bila malnutrisi terjadi pada tahap awal
kehamilan, lanjut anggota ‘Indonesian
Nutrition Association’ ini, menyebab-
kan janin mengadaptasikan metabo-
lisme tubuhnya dengan cara mengurangi
produksi insulin dan glukosa. Dengan
kondisi seperti ini, sistem metabolik pada
janin dan bayi akan terprogram sehingga
mempertinggi risiko kemungkinan ter-
jadinya penyakit kronik (seperti diabe-
tes) di masa yang akan datang.
Selain itu, bayi dan janin mengalami
peningkatan risiko terhadap kematian
perinatal; gangguan saraf, pencernaan,
pernapasan dan sirkulasi; cacat lahir;
gangguan perkembangan organ tubuh;
kretin; dan kerusakan otak. Dikatakan
oleh dr. Tati, bayi dengan berat <1,5kg
berisiko 70-100 kali meninggal dalam
tujuh hari pertama. Hasil salah satu
penelitian menunjukkan laki-laki yang
lahir dengan berat badan sangat rendah
berisiko 7 kali lipat mengalami diabetes
dibandingkan dengan yang lahir dengan
berat badan normal.
Dampak malnutrisi ibu tergantung
pada tahapan kehamilan. Penelitian
menyebutkan paparan malnutrisi pada
trimester pertama berkaitan dengan
meningkatnya risiko obesitas dan pen-
yakit jantung koroner. Sedangkan pada
trimester 2 akan berkaitan dengan gang-
guan metabolisme glukosa.
‘Nutrition programming’
Bila terjadi peningkatan berat badan yang
terlalu cepat dan overfeeding (dalam
rangka tumbuh kejar) pada bayi dengan
BBLR dan intra uterine growth retarda-
tion (pertumbuhan janin terhambat/
PJT) seringkali dikaitkan dengan pening-
katan risiko terjadinya resistensi insulin,
hipertensi dan kelainan kardiovaskular
lainnya, obesitas serta sindrom metabolik
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pada usia dewasa. Hal ini juga dijelaskan
oleh dr. Titis Prawitasari, SpA(K). Pada
masa janin, kecukupan nutrisi pada ibu,
ukuran dan fungsi plasenta, genetik dan
hormonal berperan penting. Hormon-
hormon tersebut antara lain insulin
growth factor (IGF), hormon pertumbu-
han, leptin dan glukokortikoid.
Kenaikan berat badan yang cepat mer-
upakan hal yang biasa terjadi pada anak
dengan BBLR, dan hal ini berkaitan positif
dengan massa dan distribusi lemak yang
dikaitkan terhadap angka kejadian obe-
sitas dan komposisi lemak tubuh pada
anak dan remaja.
Kemudian dr. Titis dari divisi Nutrisi
dan Penyakit Metabolik ini menjelaskan
perlunya perbaikan pemantauan tum-
buh kembang dengan cara menimbang
dan mengukur lingkar kepala serta mem-
berikan edukasi pemberian makan yang
adekuat. “Sejak awal harus diperhatikan
berapa banyak yang diberikan kepada
anak karena makan adalah proses
belajar.”
Pengaturan makan sesuai rekomen-
dasi WHO, yaitu pemberian ASI eksklusif
6 bulan dan diteruskan hingga usia 2
tahun serta MP-ASI mulai usia 6 bulan.
Yang penting pengaturan pola makan
agar tidak terjadi kesalahan dalam pem-
berian makan. Pemberian makan yang
salah akan terbawa hingga usia menda-
tang yang nantinya dapat menyebabkan
anak mengalami berat badan kurang,
undernutrition, status gizi kurang dan
anak tumbuh stunted. Ada 3 faktor dalam
‘food rules’ yaitu penjadwalan, lingkun-
gan dan cara pemberian. Jadwal makan
harus konsisten dan anaklah penentu
porsinya. Dalam lingkungan yang sebai-
knya netral tanpa gangguan dan cara
pemberian sedikit tetapi sering.
Sebagai kesimpulan, dr. Titis menyam-
paikan dua sisi yang perlu diperhatikan.
Pada sisi ibu, masalah restriksi kalori,
kurangnya asupan protein, lingkungan
yang tidak mendukung, obat-obatan,
gangguan sirkulasi plasenta akan men-
imbulkan masalah pada ‘transfer’ dari
ibu ke janin. Selain itu, hal tersebut juga
berhubungan dengan masalah epigene-
tik. Sedangkan pada sisi anak, bila terjadi
masalah pada saat programming, maka
dapat menimbulkan perubahan pada
fenotip dan ukuran berbagai organ yang
nantinya dikaitkan dengan patologi ber-
bagai penyakit di kemudian hari.
Riset komprehensif gizi di Indonesia
Hardini Ariviant
M
asalah gizi masih merupakan
masalah kesehatan masyarakat di
Indonesia, yang meliput kurang energi
protein (KEP), defsiensi vitamin A, ane-
mia zat besi dan gangguan akibat kekuran-
gan yodium (GAKY).
Data terakhir didapat dari Riskesdas
2010 dengan data pre-valensi under-
weight, stuntng dan wastng pada balita
didapat hasil 18,4%; 35,7%; dan 13,6%.
Hal ini diungkapkan oleh dr. Sandjaja,
MPH, pada tanggal 19 Januari 2012 lalu.
Dengan latar belakang tersebut, telah
dilakukan survei terhadap 7.200 anak usia
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6 bulan-12 tahun di 48 kabupaten/kota
di 25 propinsi. “Di Indonesia, ‘Southeast
Asia Nutriton Study’ (SEANUTS) meru-
pakan riset gizi yang komprehensif yang
pernah dilakukan,” lanjut Sandjaja selaku
Ketua Pelaksana Penelitan SEANUTS di
Indonesia.
Studi multsenter ini dilakukan di 4
negara, Indonesia (PERSAGI), Vietnam
(‘Natonal Insttute of Nutriton’), Thailand
(‘Mahidol University’) dan Malaysia
(Universit Kebangsaan Malaysia). Di
setap kabupaten/kota dipilih secara acak
dan dibagi dalam 3 kelompok umur, 6-23
bulan; 2-5 tahun; dan 6-12 tahun. Jumlah
sampel per kelompok umur masing-mas-
ing berjumlah 2400 subyek.
“Hasil riset ini diharapkan dapat mem-
perkaya data dan informasi tentang gizi
anak di Indonesia serta melengkapi data
dan informasi yang diperoleh dari riset
sebelumnya sepert Riskesdas dan juga
dapat digunakan sebagai baseline data
dalam pengembangan program intervensi
gizi yang lebih tepat guna.”
Studi yang telah berjalan Januari-
Desember 2011 ini mencakup data 16.464
anak dari 4 negara yang meliput aspuan
makanan, aktvitas fsik, perkembangan
kognitf, antropometri, analisa biokimiawi
dan kepadatan tulang.
Antropometri pada anak yang diukur
adalah berat, tnggi badan, tnggi duduk,
lingkar lengan atas, lapisan lemak bawah
kulit (biseps, triseps, sub-skapula, suprail-
iaka), diameter tulang (pergelangan
tangan, siku, lutut), kepadatan tulang
lengan dan kaki, pola konsumsi makan,
dam aktvitas fsik. Selain itu perkemban-
gan motorik juga dinilai menggunakan
Bailey-2, WISC-3, Denver, Raven. Bioki-
mia juga dilakukan untuk menilai kadar
vitamin A, hemoglobin, ferritn, vitamin
D-3, dan yodium. Namun tdak semua
parameter dikumpulkan dari semua sub-
yek, sebagian diambil hanya sub-sampel.
Menurut Prof. dr. Fasli Jalal, PhD, SpGK,
Martorell (1996) memaparkan dampak
kekurangan gizi pada masa kehami-
lan dan usia dini dapat menyebabkan
berkurangnya IQ sebesar 15 poin. Bila
dilakukan intervensi gizi pada anak usia
pra-sekolah yang kekurangan gizi ber-
dampak jelas terhadap peningkatan
kemampuan kognitf baik jangka pendek
dan panjang.
Kurangnya data komprehensif men-
genai status gizi anak Indonesia saat ini
menjadi salah satu kendala dalam pem-
buatan program kesehatan masyarakat
yang tepat sasaran.
Data yang ada terbatas pada anak usia
0-5 tahun dan belum mencakup keselu-
ruhan data yang dibutuhkan mengingat
semakin kompleksnya masalah gizi pada
anak.
Padahal program pengembangan anak
usia dini dapat membantu memecahkan
masalah kekurangan gizi melalui penye-
diaan makanan tambahan, memperkaya
makanan yang banyak dikonsumsi anak
usia dini dengan fortfkasi, dan pen-
didikan orang tua mengenai pentngnya
pemenuhan kebutuhan gizi anak den-
gan menerapkan pedoman umum gizi
seimbang.
“Dengan adanya SEANUTS ini dihara-
pkan hasilnya dapat digunakan untuk
membuat program edukasi dan intervensi
gizi yang tepat guna dan tepat sasaran di
Indonesia baik jangka pendek maupun
jangka panjang sehingga nantnya tdak
tercipta ‘lost generaton’ di masa yang
akan datang.”
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th
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of Indonesian Society of Obstetric
Anesthesia and Indonesia Society of
Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Jakarta, 20-23 Februari 2012
Hotel Gran Melia, Jakarta
Sekr : Departemen Anestesidan
Intensive Care, Fakultas
Kedokteran Universitas
Indonesia, RSCM, Jl. Diponegoro
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Tel : 021-3148865
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th
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Statin use linked to lower death rate in flu
patients
Elvira Manzano
T
he use of statns – cholesterol-lowering
drugs – may reduce the risk of death in
patents hospitalized for infuenza.
In a large US study, the administraton
of statns to fu patents before or afer
hospitalizaton reduced mortality rates by
41 percent (odds rato=0.59; 95% CI 0.38-
0.92) afer adjustng for age, race, cardio-
vascular, lung and renal disease, infuenza
vaccinaton and antviral administraton. [J
Infect Dis 2012; 205:13-19]
“Our fndings suggest that statns are a
promising area of exploraton and could
provide a useful adjunct to antviral medi-
catons and vaccine, partcularly in setngs
where circulatng infuenza virus strains
are not susceptble to antviral medica-
tons or vaccine is in short supply or not
well matched to circulatng viruses,” said
study author Dr. William Schafer, pro-
fessor and chair of preventve medicine
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center,
Nashville, Tennessee, US.
In the study, patents who received
statns were more likely to be older, male
and white, to sufer from cardiovascu-
lar, metabolic, renal and chronic lung dis-
ease, and to have been vaccinated against
infuenza.
The researchers examined the 30-day
mortality fgures from 3,043 patents with
laboratory-confrmed infuenza who were
admited to US hospitals during the infu-
enza season in 2007 and 2008. The median
age of the patents was 70.4 years and 56
percent were women.
Among the hospitalized patents, 1,013
(33.3 percent) received statns and 151 (5
percent) died within 30 days of an infu-
enza test. Most of the deaths, however,
occurred shortly afer hospital discharge.
Previous research has suggested that
statns might have a protectve efect
against infuenza, providing ant-infamma-
tory and immunomodulatory efects that
could help cut infuenza-related deaths,
but none of those studies limited inclu-
sion to patents with laboratory-confrmed
disease.
“To our knowledge, this is the frst pub-
lished observatonal study that evaluates
the relatonship between statn use among
patents hospitalized with infuenza,” the
researchers said. “Future studies should
examine underlying functonal status, dose
and duraton of statn therapy, use of statns
in younger age groups, and identfcaton
of the most efectve class of statns.”
They suggested that randomized con-
trolled trials (RCTs) would allow for exami-
naton of such issues and assess whether
long-term prophylaxis with statns would
be a worthwhile strategy in reducing mor-
bidity and mortality from infuenza.
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Edward
Walsh, from the Infectous Diseases
Division, Rochester General Hospital in
New York, US, said the fndings add signif-
cantly to the slowly accumulatng evidence
that statns may reduce the substantal
annual morbidity and mortality from infu-
enza. However, he echoed the researchers’
call for defnitve RCTs to accurately assess
how statns may afect infuenza.
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Study supports HPV testing in all cervical screens
Rajesh Kumar
H
uman papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test-
ing is the best cervical cancer screen-
ing opton for women over the age of 30
as it detects earlier high-grade lesions and
prevents more cervical cancers than cytol-
ogy alone.
These are the fndings of the
POBASCAM* trial that provide the strong-
est evidence so far in favor of using HPV
testng in natonal cervical cancer screen-
ing programs. [Lancet Oncology 2011;
DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70296-0]
The study, which involved nearly 45,000
women aged 29 to 56 years atending rou-
tne cervical screening in the Netherlands
between January 1999 and September
2002, equally randomized women to
receive either HPV DNA testng and cytol-
ogy or cytology alone.
The researchers wanted to see if HPV
testng resulted in fewer high-grade cer-
vical lesions and cervical cancer in the
second round of screening 5 years later
because of earlier detecton and treat-
ment of lesions afer the frst round. They
then assessed the most appropriate age
for startng HPV testng. In the second
screening round, HPV and cytology testng
were done on all women.
In the frst screen, HPV testng ident-
fed signifcantly more cancer precursors
(cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade
2 or worse (CIN2+) than cytology alone.
[267/19999 vs. 215/20106; P=0.015]. Five
years later, signifcantly fewer women
had CIN grade 3 or worse (CIN3+) lesions
[88/19579 vs. 122/19731; Relatve Risk
0.73, 95% CI 0.55-0.96; P=0.023] and cer-
vical cancer [4/19579 vs. 14/19731; RR
0.29, 95% CI 0.10-0.87, P=0.031] in the
HPV group, compared with women given
cytology alone.
The trial shows that HPV testng can be
implemented as a primary cervical screen-
ing test, said lead researcher Professor
Chris Meijer of the department of pathol-
ogy at the VU University Medical Center,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“Afer 5 years, signifcantly less cervical
cancers and 50 percent (less) CIN3 were
found in the HPV arm than in the cytol-
ogy arm. This is due to the fact that in
the frst screening round for HPV detects
more CIN2+ than cytology, which results
in beter protecton against CIN3 and cer-
vical cancer in the second round,” said
Meijer. The long screening interval also
allowed the assessment of whether cervi-
cal lesions were persistent or regressive.
The study reinforces fndings from
cohort studies, clinical trials, and routne
clinical practce by providing overwhelm-
ing evidence of the benefts of inclusion
of HPV testng in screening programs,
said Drs. Hormuzd Katki and Nicolas
Wentzensen from the Natonal Cancer
Insttute, Bethesda, US, in an accompany-
ing comment.
HPV testng is already known to be
more sensitve than cytology at detectng
prectancerous high-grade cervical lesions,
but whether this testng ofers beter
protecton in two screening rounds over
a 5-year screening interval had not been
investgated before.
“Primary preventon with the HPV
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February 2012 News
vaccine would take many years to show
its efect. However, with the use of HPV
testng as an adjunct to pap smears,
the incidence of cervical cancer can be
reduced further by earlier detecton and
treatment of cervical pre-cancers,” said
Dr. Timothy Lim Yong Kuei, consultant in
the department of gynaecological oncol-
ogy at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital,
Singapore.
But the implementaton of HPV DNA
testng into the natonal screening pro-
grams needs further evaluaton by rele-
vant authorites, said Lim.
“How this study’s protocol of 5-yearly
screening with HPV testng/pap smear
would perform in our populaton is unclear
because diferent populatons have a dif-
ferent baseline cancer rates, compliance
to follow-up, and management infrastruc-
ture. Furthermore, some studies have also
shown that inappropriate uses of HPV test-
ing may lead to unnecessary follow-up,
interventons and increased medical costs
without added benefts.”
*POBASCAM: Populaton Based Screening
Study Amsterdam
Vaginal progesterone reduces preterm birth
Rajesh Kumar
P
regnant women with a short cervix
should be treated with vaginal proges-
terone to reduce the risk of preterm birth,
recommends a landmark study by leading
obstetricians.
The meta-analysis pooled results of fve
clinical trials involving 775 women and 827
infants. It found that treatment with vagi-
nal progesterone in pregnant women with
a sonographic short cervix of ≤25 mm in
the mid-trimester was associated with a
42 percent reduced rate of preterm birth,
52 percent reduced rate of respiratory dis-
tress syndrome and the need for mechani-
cal ventlaton and fewer complicatons
of premature newborns eg, infecton,
necrotzing enterocolits and intracranial
hemorrhage. [AJOG 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.
ajog.2011.12.003]
“Our analysis provides compelling evi-
dence that vaginal progesterone pre-
vents preterm birth and reduces neonatal
morbidity/mortality in (asymptomatc)
women with a short cervix,” said lead
investgator Dr. Roberto Romero, chief of
the perinatology research branch of the
Natonal Insttutes of Health at Wayne
State University in Detroit, Michigan, US.
Dr. Thomas J. Garite, co-editor-in-chief
of the American Journal of Obstetrics &
Gynecology, has hailed the fndings saying
they “have the potental to [cause] a sea
change in obstetrical practce in the US and
Europe, and eventually in the rest of the
world.”
All pregnant women in the middle
months of pregnancy should now be
ofered routne vaginal ultrasound and
treated with vaginal progesterone if
short cervix was found, commented Dr. C.
Andrew Combs of the Obstetrix Medical
Group in San Jose, California, US, in an
accompanying editorial.
The study authors said this strategy
allowed identfcaton of women at risk
for preterm delivery during their frst
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February 2012 News
pregnancy, whereas the current strategy
based on treatng women with a previous
preterm birth did not address the chal-
lenge of preventon in women with their
frst pregnancy.
“Whether all asymptomatc women
in Asia could be routnely screened for a
shortened cervical length, regardless of
any risk factors, really would depend on
whether we have the necessary resources
to do this,” added Dr. Christopher Ng of the
GynaeMD, Singapore.
“Ultrasound scans would have to be
made available and gynecologists would
have to be trained to perform these tests,
which will require additonal tme and
money,” said Ng.
Since a majority of premature births
occur in women with no risk factors, the
approach has real potental to make an
impact in the overall premature birth rate.
The fndings also have practcal implica-
tons because vaginal progesterone is a
less expensive and less invasive alterna-
tve than the placement of a cervical cer-
clage in patents who have had a previous
preterm birth and have a short cervix, the
study authors added.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of
perinatal morbidity and mortality world-
wide and the main cause of infant mor-
tality. Approximately 12.9 million births
worldwide are preterm, of which 92.3 per-
cent occur in Africa, Asia, Latn America,
and the Caribbean.
A decline in progesterone acton is con-
sidered to be important for the onset of
labor. If such a decline occurs in the mid-
trimester, cervical shortening may lead to
the onset of preterm labor. The adminis-
traton of progesterone is believed to work
by maintaining a high concentraton of the
hormone in the uterine cervix, the study
authors said.
A study of vaginal progesterone in twin
pregnancies with a short cervix is now
urgently needed to confrm these fndings
in such pregnancies as well, said Romero.
In the current study, adverse events were
no diferent in the treatment and placebo
groups, and follow-up studies of babies
exposed to progesterone in utero to the age
of 18 or 24 months showed no evidence of
any behavioral or physical problems.
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Cardiac denervation may correct abnormal heart
rhythms
Rajesh Kumar
B
ilateral cardiac sympathetc denerva-
ton (BCSD) may be a useful last resort
in stopping irregular ventricular arrhyth-
mias, according to US cardiologists.
The procedure involves snipping nerves
related to the sympathetc nervous system
on both lef and right sides of the chest.
These nerves are responsible for the body’s
“fght or fight” response and cutng them
may interrupt pro-arrhythmic signaling
within the heart tssue or stellate ganglion,
thus stopping irregular heart rhythms.
Researchers at the University of California
Los Angeles (UCLA) reviewed records from
six patents presentng with ventricular
arrhythmias in a small pilot study to assess
the impact of BCSD. [JACC 2012; 59:91-92]
The patents’ average age was 60 years
and they were all poor candidates for
a heart transplant. Afer conventonal
treatments such as medicatons, catheter
ablaton and an implantable cardiac def-
brillator (ICD) had failed, the patents were
operated upon to snip the cardiac sympa-
thetc nerves leading to both sides of the
heart.
Afer the surgery, four out of the six
study patents completely responded with
no more arrhythmias. One patent had a
partal response and one had no response
at all. With their heart rhythms stabilized,
three of the responding patents received
no more shocks from their ICDs, which
would previously occur when the devices
tried to normalize irregular rhythms, said
the researchers. One of these patents had
been experiencing 11 shocks a day.
The patent who partally responded to
treatment had a shock reducton of more
than 50 percent. Two of the responding
patents passed away afer discharge due
to health issues not related to arrhythmias.
No major operatve complicatons occurred
in the patents studied, the researchers
added. Typical side efects related to this
procedure such as alteratons in sweat-
ing or temperature regulaton were not
signifcant.
“We are encouraged by this small study’s
results, and plan to further examine the role
of this procedure in suppressing arrhyth-
mias in a larger patent populaton,” said
lead author Dr. Olujimi Ajijola, a cardiology
fellow at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, US.
We… plan to further examine the role of this procedure in
suppressing arrhythmias in a larger patent populaton
‘‘
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Dr. Ching Chi Keong, senior consultant
in the department of cardiology and direc-
tor of the electrophysiology and pacing at
Natonal Heart Centre Singapore, said for-
tunately there are not too many patents
who may require such an aggressive treat-
ment that could play an adjuvant role to
conventonal therapy, including catheter
ablaton.
Commentng on the fndings’ rele-
vance, Ching said such advances in treat-
ment modalites enable doctors to prolong
survival and improve quality of life for
patents, and suggested GPs should iden-
tfy and refer those who may beneft from
these therapies.
The study builds on the previous work
wherein the procedure was done only on
the lef side. But some patents may need
the procedure performed bilaterally to get
relief. The fndings add to a growing feld of
research into the sympathetc nervous sys-
tem’s impact on stress and possible role in
disease.
Rajesh Kumar
T
aking at least one anthypertensive
medicaton at bedtme improves con-
trol of blood pressure and reduces the risk
for cardiovascular events in those with
chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hyper-
tension, a study has shown.
While the tme of taking hypertension
medicatons can afect circadian paterns
of BP, the researchers sought to fnd out
whether this impacts clinical outcomes.
They randomly assigned 661 patents with
CKD to either take all prescribed hyper-
tension medicatons on waking up or to
take at least one of them at bedtme. They
then measured 48-hour ambulatory BP at
baseline and 3 months afer any adjust-
ment in treatment or annually. [J Am Soc
Nephrol 2011; 24 October. DOI:10.1681/
ASN.2011040361]
Afer a median follow-up of 5.4 years,
patents who took at least one BP-lowering
medicaton at bedtme had an adjusted
risk for total cardiovascular events that
was approximately one-third that of
patents who took all medicatons upon
awakening (adjusted hazard rato 0.31;
95% CI 0.21 to 0.46; P<0.001), according to
the research. Total cardiovascular events
were a composite of death, myocardial
infarcton, angina pectoris, revasculariza-
ton, heart failure, arterial occlusion of
lower extremites, occlusion of the retnal
artery, and stroke.
Bedtme dosing also demonstrated a
signifcant reducton in risk for cardiovas-
cular death, myocardial infarcton, and
stroke (adjusted HR 0.28; 95% CI 0.13 to
0.61; P<0.001). The patents on bedtme
medicaton also had a signifcantly lower
mean sleep-tme BP and a greater control
of their ambulatory BP (56 percent ver-
sus 45 percent, P=0.003). Each 5-mmHg
decrease in mean sleep-tme systolic BP
was associated with a 14 percent reduc-
ton in the risk for cardiovascular events
during follow-up (P<0.001).
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Acupuncture improves chemo-induced pain
Radha Chitale
C
ancer patents who develop peripheral
neuropathy as a result of chemother-
apy may be able to turn to acupuncture to
relieve their pain, according to data from a
small pilot study.
Currently, there are no efectve treat-
ments for chemotherapy-induced periph-
eral neuropathy (CIPN), which causes pain
and difculty walking as a result of nerve
damage and can lead patents to stop
chemotherapy.
The study included 192 patents diag-
nosed with peripheral neuropathy based
on nerve conducton studies. Eleven of
those patents were identfed as having
CIPN as the underlying cause of pain. They
were receiving chemotherapy for diferent
types of cancer. Six of those 11 patents
agreed to undergo acupuncture treat-
ments while the remaining fve served as
controls. [Acupunct Med 2011 Dec 5. Epub
ahead of print]
The test group received 10 weeks of
acupuncture treatments in the legs. All 11
patents received appropriate care other-
wise. They received no other pain treat-
ments except carbamazepine or pregabalin
during the observaton period.
Nerve conducton studies were car-
ried out initally and again afer 6 months.
Patents were asked to rate whether their
pain had worsened, improved or stayed
the same.
Five out of the six patents receiving
acupuncture treatments and two out of
fve control patents reported an improved
conditon. The remaining patents reported
no change in their pain.
“These fndings are of special signif-
cance since PN is otherwise almost untreat-
able but seems to respond to treatment by
acupuncture,” the researchers said.
Previous studies from the same research
group on peripheral neuropathy from
a variety of causes, including diabetes,
showed that a few months of acupunc-
ture improved nerve conducton in three-
fourths of patents.
Among chemotherapy drugs, taxanes,
vinca alkaloids and platnum compounds
are most frequently associated with
peripheral neuropathy.
Though peripheral neuropathy can
have many causes, damage to the axons,
demylenaton, or both are what causes
pain.
“One may speculate that repeated ther-
apeutc interventons with acupuncture
over a period of 10 weeks improves the
symptomatc state of peripheral neuropa-
thy and also induces a normalizaton of
histological morphology,” the researchers
A small pilot study suggests that acupuncture
may be effective in alleviating chemotherapy-
induced peripheral neuropathy.
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said.
Acupuncture may also increase blood
fow and promote nerve healing.
The researchers concluded that the
positve results from this non-blinded, non-
randomized study support further objec-
tve study on the use of acupuncture for
CIPN.
High-dose antivirals don’t prevent HSV-2
transmission
Radha Chitale
A
nt-viral drugs do not prevent viral
shedding — and thus infecton trans-
mission — in patents infected with her-
pes simplex 2 virus (HSV-2) even in high
doses.
Three complementary studies on
patents infected with HSV-2 controlled
with medicaton showed that short
bursts of viral reactvaton and shedding
occur subclinically. [Lancet Jan 2012.
Epub before print]
“The discrepancy between potent sup-
pression of clinical symptoms and failure
of antviral agents to fully prevent HSV
transmission is not well understood,”
said researchers from the University of
Washington in Seatle, Washington, US.
“Infecton with HSV-2 is a global epi-
demic and signifcantly increases the risk
of HIV-1 acquisiton.”
A total of 113 HSV-2-seropositve, HIV-
seronegatve adult patents included in
the three trials had been randomized to
receive either no medicaton or stand-
ard 400 mg aciclovir twice daily (N=32),
standard 500 mg valaciclovir daily or
high-dose 800 mg aciclovir three tmes
daily (N=31), or standard valaciclovir or
high-dose 1 g valaciclovir three tmes
daily (N=50).
The patents collected genital swabs
four tmes daily over a 4- to 7-week study
period, a 1-week washout period and
a second crossover study period for a
within-person shedding rate comparison.
Across the trials, 5.4 percent of a total
collected 23,605 swabs tested HSV-2 pos-
itve. Respectvely, shedding frequency
was 18.1 vs 1.2 percent among patents
taking no medicaton or standard acyclo-
vir, 4.5 vs. 4.2 percent among patents
taking standard valaciclovir or high-dose
acyclovir, and 5.8 vs. 3.3 percent among
patents taking standard valaciclovir or
high-dose valaciclovir.
These bursts of reactvity lasted
between a median of 7-10 hours for any
sort of treatment and 13 hours for no
treatment.
The number of episodes per person-
year did not difer signifcantly between
patents on therapy in each test group
(22.6 vs 20.2 for standard valaciclovir vs
high-dose acyclovir, P=0.54; 14.9 vs 16.5
for standard valaciclovir vs high-dose
valaciclovir, P=0.034) but were more fre-
quent in patents not taking medicaton
(28.7 vs 10 for no medicaton vs standard
acyclovir, P=0.001).
“Intensive genital secreton collecton
shows that HSV shedding episodes are
three-tmes more frequent than was pre-
viously realized,” the researchers said.
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February 2012 News
New antherpetc drug development
could help counteract bursts of shed-
ding. But according to experts from the
University of Montpellier in France in an
accompanying comment, to be deployed
on a large enough scale, such treatments
would have to have good coverage and
long-term adherence in order to substan-
tally prevent transmission.
This ambitous goal is “unlikely to be
met” due to the scale of infecton — about
20 percent of the general populaton —
and low clinical need for symptomatc
therapy in most patents.
Given the high prevalence of HSV-2,
these fndings “should encourage patents
to use condoms and adopt safe sex prac-
tces, especially since an increase of the
treatment dose would not further reduce
the risk of transmission,” they said.
Flu vaccination reduces COPD deaths in elderly
Rajesh Kumar
M
andatory preventve vaccinaton
against seasonal infuenza can
reduce the mortality rate of chronic
obstructve pulmonary disease (COPD)
among those aged ≥65 years during
infuenza outbreaks, according to a
Japanese study.
The vaccinaton coverage among
the elderly saw a rapid increase in
Japan afer the country’s government
amended the preventve vaccinaton
law in November 2001 to specify all
≥65-year-olds as the target popula-
ton for infuenza vaccinatons. [Eur
J Public Health 2011; DOI: 10.1093/
eurpub/ckr172]
The researchers analyzed natonal
data on the number of monthly COPD
deaths from 1995 to 2009 by gender and
age to evaluate how the amendment had
afected the natonwide COPD mortality
rate in this age group.
Statstcally signifcant reductons in
COPD mortality rates in the months of
January (RR 0.84; 95% CI 0.81–0.88),
February (RR 0.85; 95% CI 0.81–0.89) and
March (RR 0.92; 95% CI 0.88–0.96) were
observed afer amendments to the law.
However, in those aged <65 years, no sig-
nifcant changes in the COPD mortality
rate were found in any month following
the amendments.
A study in Japan revealed that older patients with
COPD who had received seasonal fu jabs had a lower
death rate than those who had not.
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Aspirin reduces the risk of blood clots in VTE
patients
Radha Chitale
A
spirin alone reduced the incidence of
recurrent blood clots in patents who suf-
fered their frst venous thromboembolism
(VTE), according to a recently reported trial.
In the double-blind, randomized, placebo-
controlled event-driven Warfasa study, which
involved patents with a frst-ever VTE, a 100
mg daily dose of aspirin, administered fol-
lowing a 6- to 18-month period of antcoagu-
lant therapy with warfarin, reduced the risk
of another event by 40 percent compared to
placebo over 2 years (P=0.02).
This was the frst observed beneft of
aspirin in this applicaton, said Dr. Cecilia
Becatni, assistant professor of internal
medicine at the University of Perugia in Italy.
She noted that VTE occurs in 800,000
people in North America alone. Emboli
fragments may separate and enter pulmo-
nary circulaton. This sequence occurs in
up to 60 percent of VTE patents and can
be fatal in 20 percent of those cases.
Aspirin is known to prevent DVT in high
risk patents, those with hip fractures and
in post-menopausal women on estropro-
gestn therapy.
Warfarin is a common, efectve antco-
agulant for use in VTE patents. However
it needs frequent dose adjustment and is
associated with bleeding risk, the worst
outcome of which could be fatal intrac-
ranial embolism, making it a challenging
treatment opton for patents in need of
long-term antthrombotc therapy.
By contrast, bleeding risk associated with
aspirin is lower than 1 percent per year.
“For its safety, practcality and low cost,
aspirin is a valid alternatve to oral antco-
agulants in the extended treatment of VTE,”
Becatni said.
VTE recurrence occurred in 27 of 205
patents randomized to aspirin and in 42 out
of 197 patents randomized to placebo (6.3
percent versus 11 percent patent-years).
During the study treatment period, VTE
occurred in 23 and 39 patents taking aspi-
rin or placebo, respectvely (5.9 percent
and 11 percent patent-years).
One fatal event occurred in each group
and bleeding events were similar between
both.
This preliminary, unpublished trial will
have clinical impacts but is unlikely to change
practce in the near future, Becatni said, as
further studies are necessary to confrm the
benefts of aspirin in patents at risk for VTEs.
Prior reports on the antcoagulant ef-
cacy of aspirin in patents who already suf-
fered a VTE event have been confictng.
The researchers excluded patents with
high bleeding risk, actve bleeding or indica-
tons for indefnite antcoagulant therapy.
For its safety, practcality and low cost, aspirin is a valid alternatve
to oral antcoagulants in the extended treatment of VTE ‘‘
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Promising gene therapy cure for hemophilia
Rajesh Kumar
R
esearchers have successfully tested a
potental cure for severe hemophilia B in
six patents using gene therapy.
Hemophilia is a genetc bleeding dis-
order that is caused by defectve or miss-
ing recombinant factor IX (FIX). Insufcient
amount of this protein prevents blood from
clotng normally, causing prolonged bleed-
ing afer an injury or surgery or, in case of
severe hemophilia, even fatal spontaneous
bleeding without trauma. It afects one in
30,000 men who require regular infusions
of the protein.
The researchers used as a vector the
adeno-associated virus (AAV) that is endemic
to humans but does not cause a disease
and inserted in it a normal copy of the FIX
gene before infusing the virus into severe
hemophilia B patents. This gene transfer
approach replaced the defectve gene that
causes the disorder with a correct version in
the patent’s liver cells, the normal site of FIX
synthesis, so patents could make their own
FIX, said co-researcher Dr. Andrew Davidof,
chairman of the department of surgery
at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in
Memphis, Tennessee, US.
Six patents were equally divided to
receive low, intermediate and high doses
of the vector carrying a normal copy of the
FIX gene through an intravenous infusion in
the arm, without prior immune suppressant
therapy. At a follow up for 6 to 16 months
post-treatment, the patents’ vector-medi-
ated levels of FIX rose from <1 percent of
normal levels before the therapy to between
2 and 12 percent of normal levels.
Such moderate increases in FIX levels can
signifcantly impact patents’ symptoms and
quality of life. Four of the 6 study patents,
for instance, stopped prophylactc treatment
and remained free of spontaneous bleed-
ing, while the remaining two increased tme
interval between their FIX infusions, said the
researchers.
“We have developed a vector for gene
transfer that is more efcient and efectve
than traditonal treatment for patents with
severe hemophilia B by preventng spon-
taneous bleeding in this high risk patent
populaton,” said lead researcher Dr. Amit
Nathwani of the department of hematol-
ogy at the UCL Cancer Insttute in London,
UK. “Our novel approach shows promise for
improved gene therapy for hemophilia B
and other protein defciencies.”
The AAV has proved to be a promising
vector for FIX gene delivery. It can transduce
liver very efciently and is less likely to stmu-
late an immune response to transduced cells
than other vectors since no viral proteins are
expressed, Nathwani later added, saying this
facilitates long-term expression of the FIX
transgene following a single administraton.
Immune-mediated clearance of the AAV-
transduced liver cells appeared as a con-
cern, but researchers said this process could
be controlled with a short course of steroids
without loss of transgene expression. They
now plan to treat more patents at the high
dose of vector without giving them immu-
nosuppression.
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Novel BTK inhibitor holds potential in CLL
Michael Kaufman
U
pdated fndings from a multcenter
phase Ib/II clinical trial, presented at
the 2011 American Society of Hematology
(ASH) Annual Meetng and Expositon,
suggest that the novel Bruton’s tyrosine
kinase (BTK) inhibitor PCI-32765 may be
an important new targeted treatment for
patents with chronic lymphocytc leuke-
mia (CLL).
“BTK is a central mediator of B-cell
receptor signaling essental for normal
B-cell development,” explained lead
author Professor Susan O’Brien of the
Department of Leukemia, University
of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston. This makes it a primary target
for research on B-cell malignancies such
as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
PCI-32765, an orally-administered irre-
versible inhibitor of BTK, induces apop-
tosis and inhibits cellular migraton and
adhesion in malignant B-cells. An early
analysis of the phase Ib/II study showed
PCI-32765 to be “highly actve and toler-
able” in patents with CLL. Longer term
follow-up was presented by O’Brien.
Two cohorts of patents with relapsed
or refractory (R/R) CLL/small lymphocytc
lymphoma (SLL) were treated with PCI-
32765 at daily doses of either 420 mg
(n=27) or 840 mg (n=34) for 28-day cycles
untl disease progression. Patents in the
420 mg arm had a median of three prior
treatment regimens vs a median of fve
in the 840 mg arm. Seventy-two percent
of partcipatng patents had at least one
poor-risk molecular feature.
In the current analysis, researchers
concluded that PCI-32765 was associ-
ated with high rates of 6-month pro-
gression-free survival (PFS) in patents
with relapsed CLL. At 10-month follow-
up, 70 percent of patents in the 420 mg
treatment group achieved an objectve
response (OR) to therapy (previously
reported as 48 percent), and 44 percent
of patents in the 840 mg cohort achieved
an OR at 6-month follow-up.
An additonal 19 percent of the 420
mg cohort and 35 percent of the 840 mg
cohort had a “nodal partal response”,
represented by a ≥50 percent reducton
in lymph node size but with some lymph
nodules persistng. The researchers
emphasized that 82 percent of patents
remain on treatment, whereas 8 percent
have experienced progressive disease.
Two patents discontnued the trial
because of adverse events, and six
required dose reducton. The most fre-
quently reported adverse events were
mild and included diarrhea, fatgue, nau-
sea, and skin bruising.
Serious adverse events (SAEs), which
are common among this immune-com-
promised patent populaton, occurred
in 38 percent of patents, with 10 per-
cent considered potentally related to
treatment. The majority of patents also
experienced a transient high lymphocyte
count during the frst 2 months of treat-
ment that resolved over tme, which is
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another typical characteristc of treat-
ment in this patent group.
“Our results suggest that PC-32765
has the potental to be highly efectve
and tolerable, and, more importantly,
appears to be working well in patents
with poor prognoses,” said O’Brien. “As
we become beter equipped to target
specifc cellular functons, it is our hope
that therapies like PCI-32765 will become
efectve interventons to manage disease
in patents with CLL.”
The investgators concluded that PCI-
32765 is well tolerated with high rates of
6-month PFS in R/R CLL/ SLL. Phase III tri-
als of PCI-32765 in CLL/ SLL are planned.
“One of the most excitng things about
agents like PCI-32765 is that they are not
myelosuppressive,” said O’Brien. “This
is a big deal in CLL because one of the
biggest problems we have with treat-
ment is that all the treatments we have
are chemo-based, and the biggest com-
plicaton with practcally every agent we
have is myelosuppression and infecton,”
which are of special concern in patents
with CLL who are already immunocom-
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Gemtuzumab: Potential new use for old drug
Anna Azvolinsky
A
phase III trial comparing the use of gem-
tuzumab ozogamicin combined with
chemotherapy vs chemotherapy alone in
newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia
(AML) patents provides evidence that the
combinaton treatment may be promis-
ing in this patent populaton. Using rela-
tvely low and frequently repeated doses
together with standard chemotherapy
may be a viable opton for the treatment
of older adults aged 50 to 70 years.
In the presented study, gemtuzumab
was used upfront in newly diagnosed AML
patents. The results showed a beneft in
this inital treatment and a survival beneft,
suggestng that this drug was not studied
in the correct patent populaton and at
the appropriate dose previously.
Gemtuzumab was originally approved
by the US FDA through an accelerated
process in 2000 for patents older than 60
years afer a frst relapse in AML. Further
clinical trials and post-marketng data that
did not show any evidence of a clinical
beneft in patents with AML compared to
conventonal chemotherapy – partcularly,
the SWOG S0106 trial – led to the with-
drawal of the treatment. There were also
toxicites increasing mortality partcularly
in younger patents.
Gemtuzumab ozogamicin is a mono-
clonal antbody to CD33 that is linked to a
calicheamicin, a cytotoxic agent. It binds
to CD33, which is expressed on AML cells,
but not on normal, mature hematopoietc
stem cells.
Because a phase II trial determined that
the 9 mg/m
2
BID dose could not be safely
combined with chemotherapy, the cur-
rent phase III trial utlized a 3, 3, 3 regimen
based on in vitro observatons and valida-
ton in two subsequent phase II trials. A
dose of 3 mg/m
2
gemtuzumab ozogamicin
was given on days 1, 4, and 7 of treatment
in conjuncton with chemotherapy, arab-
inofuranosyl cytdine, and daunorubicin.
At 2-year follow up, event-free survival
(EFS) was 15.6 percent in the chemother-
apy arm compared to 41.4 percent in the
combinaton arm. Median EFS was 11.9
months compared with 19.6 months, in
the chemotherapy and combinaton arms,
respectvely. The beneft was seen in all age
groups and translated into a longer overall
survival (OS) for patents treated with the
combinaton. Average OS was 19 months
in the chemotherapy arm and 34 months
in the combinaton therapy arm.
First-line treatment with gemtuzumab
ozogamicin was shown to improve survival in
newly-diagnosed AML patients.
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Treatment with the combination
increased toxicities. The rate of fatal
adverse events potentially attributed to
treatment was 2 percent higher in the
gemtuzumab ozogamicin plus chemo-
therapy arm compared with chemother-
apy alone. “Safety was a major issue,”
stated Professor Sylvie Castaigne of the
Department of Hematology, Hôpital de
Versailles in Versailles, France, who pre-
sented the study. Thrombocytopenia was
greater with gemtuzumab ozogamicin,
as was persistent thrombocytopenia.
Three episodes of veno-occlusive dis-
ease or sinusoidal obstructive syndrome
(liver vein blockages) were observed in
the arabinofuranosyl cytidine, daunoru-
bicin plus gemtuzumab ozogamicin arm,
two noted as fatal. There was no differ-
ence in non-hematologic events includ-
ing sepsis, bleeding, cardiac events, and
liver events.
New therapy improves ORR in relapsed indolent
NHL
Christna Lau
O
binutuzumab may provide a new
treatment opton for patents with
relapsed, CD20-positve indolent B-cell
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) as a phase
II study showed a slightly higher overall
response rate (ORR) in inducton therapy
than the currently available ant-CD20
antbody rituximab.
Obinutuzumab (GA101, Genentech) is
the frst type II glycoengineered CD20 mon-
oclonal antbody in phase II/III clinical trials
for chronic lymphocytc leukemia and non-
Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In preclinical studies,
it showed a beter ability than rituximab to
cause cell death and invoke cellular immune
response, with lower complement-depend-
ent cytotoxicity.
In the ongoing, open-label GAUSS study
(Randomized Phase II Trial Comparing
GA101 [Obinutuzumab] With Rituximab
in Patents With Relapsed CD20+
Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma),
obinutuzumab showed higher response
rates than rituximab in patents with folli-
cular lymphoma (FL).
The study included 175 patents with
relapsed CD20-positve NHL (FL, N=149;
non-follicular indolent NHL, N=26) who had
a prior response to a rituximab-containing
regimen lastng ≥6 months. The patents
were randomly assigned to receive rituxi-
mab 375 mg/m
2
IV weekly or obinutu-
zumab 1 g IV weekly, for 4 weeks. At the
end of the inducton phase, patents with-
out disease progression contnued with
maintenance therapy on the same drug
and dose every 2 months for up to 2 years.
“At the end of inducton, ORR by central
blinded radiology review was 44.6 per-
cent in obinutuzumab-treated FL patents
vs 26.7 percent in rituximab-treated FL
patents [p=0.01],” reported Dr. Laurie
Sehn of the University of Britsh Columbia
in Vancouver, Canada.
However, ORR by investgator assess-
ment in the FL populaton showed no
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statstcally signifcant diference between
treatments (obinutuzumab, 44.6 percent
vs rituximab, 33.3 percent; P=0.08).
The results also showed no diference in
progression-free survival in the FL popula-
ton, with 39.2 percent of obinutuzumab-
treated patents having an event at a
median tme to event of 17.3 months, vs
34.7 percent of rituximab-treated patents
at a median tme to event of 17.4 months.
Obinutuzumab was well tolerated in the
overall populaton of GAUSS, with no signif-
icant diferences in treatment discontnua-
ton due to adverse events (obinutuzumab,
8 percent vs rituximab, 10 percent).
“GAUSS is the frst head-to-head trial to
compare the safety and efcacy of the two
ant-CD20 antbodies,” said Sehn. “Phase III
trials are underway to test obinutuzumab
in combinaton with chemotherapy.”
Chemo alone tops radiation in Hodgkin’s
lymphoma
Christna Lau
F
or patents with limited-stage non-bulky
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chemotherapy
alone is more efectve than radiaton ther-
apy in improving overall survival (OS) in
the long run, according to fnal results of a
phase III Canadian–US study.
The Natonal Cancer Insttute of Canada
(NCIC) Clinical Trials Group and Eastern
Cooperatve Oncology Group study included
405 patents with previously untreated
stage IA or IIA non-bulky disease to receive
ABVD chemotherapy (doxorubicin, bleomy-
cin, vinblastne and dacarbazine) or subtotal
nodal irradiaton (STNI). Those in the STNI
group with a favorable risk profle received
STNI only, while those with an unfavorable
risk profle received two cycles of ABVD plus
STNI. The primary endpoint was 12-year OS.
At a median follow-up of 11.3 years, OS
was superior in patents receiving chem-
otherapy alone (hazard rato [HR]=0.5;
P=0.04; 12-year OS estmates, 94 percent
for chemotherapy alone vs 87 percent for
STNI).
According to Dr. Ralph Meyer of the NCIC
Clinical Trials Group, the survival advantage
with chemotherapy resulted from fewer
deaths from causes other than Hodgkin’s
lymphoma. “Although 5-year data showed
that patents treated with STNI experienced
greater disease control, more patents died
due to a second cancer vs those treated
with chemotherapy alone,” he said.
At 12 years, 92 percent of patents
initally treated with STNI were disease
free (vs 87 percent in the chemotherapy
alone group; HR=1.91; P=0.05). Event-free
survival was similar, at 80 percent for STNI
vs 85 percent for chemotherapy alone
(HR=0.88; P=0.06).
“There are limitatons in using freedom
from disease progression as a proxy meas-
ure for OS when late treatment efects may
occur,” noted Meyer. “New proxies that pre-
dict for the risks of late treatment efects
are needed.”
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Protein offers clues to drug treatment response
in multiple myeloma
Elvira Manzano
A
n absence of the protein cereblon
may be associated with poor response
to immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) in
patents with multple myeloma, research
has shown.
A new study of myeloma patents resist-
ant to the iMiD lenalidomide showed
that they had lower levels of or no cer-
eblon compared to control lines. [Blood
2011;118: 4771-4779]
“These fndings help us understand
which patents may be more or less likely
to respond to therapy,” said study author
Professor Keith Stewart, dean for research
in the hematology-oncology division of
the Mayo Clinic in Scotsdale, Arizona, US.
“[It] will allow us to focus on other ways
we can target cereblon as a possible bio-
marker to improve treatment and patent
outcomes in multple myeloma.”
Last year, Japanese researchers were
able to identfy cereblon as the molecu-
lar target of lenalidomide’s parent drug
thalidomide.
The discovery prompted Stewart and
colleagues to test if cereblon may be
responsible for IMiD response or resist-
ance, or if thalidomide and its analogs –
lenalidomide and pomalidomide – exert
clinical benefts on multple myeloma
patents through the cereblon.
By analyzing gene expression of mye-
loma cell lines, they were able to fnd
that patents who do not respond to
immunomodulators had low or zero cer-
eblon expression.
Knocking down CRBN in IMiD-sensitve
cell lines was initally cytotoxic to myeloma
cells, with 65 to 78 percent reducton in
viability. However, the surviving myeloma
cells became highly resistant to lenalido-
mide and pomalidomide, but not to other
ant-myeloma drugs such as bortezomib,
dexamethasone and melphalan.
Scientists have discovered that MM patients
with low/no cereblon expression do not respond
to immunomodulators.
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“Gene expression changes induced
by lenalidomide were dramatcally sup-
pressed in the presence of CRBN deple-
ton, further demonstratng that CRBN
is essental for lenalidomide actvity,”
Stewart said.
Interestngly, some patents who did not
respond to lenalidomide had low levels of
CRBN, suggestng that there are other fac-
tors that create resistance. “Our data sug-
gest that CRBN is a critcal molecule, but
not the unique source of IMiD resistance
in this patent populaton,” Stewart said.
Treatment with lenalidomide and CRBN
depleton also reduced interferon regula-
tory factor 4 (IRF4) expression in myeloma
cells, suggestng a common link between
IMiDs and cereblon functon.
“This work suggests that we can begin to
isolate the cause of birth defects from the
ant-cancer propertes in order to develop
safer drugs in the future,” Stewart said.
The authors also suggest that IMiDs be
renamed cereblon-binding molecules to
more accurately refect their mechanism
of acton.
Dr. Jane Winter, professor of medicine
at Northwestern University in Chicago,
Illinois, US, commented that these devel-
opments are important clues that will lay
the groundwork for the development of
new agents and provided new insights
as to what mechanisms are at work in
patents who do not respond to therapy.
Rituximab retreatment promising in lymphoma
sub-type
Radha Chitale
A
rituximab retreatment strategy was
as efectve as maintenance therapy
for managing patents with low tumor
burden follicular lymphoma, researchers
reported.
Maintenance required four tmes as
much rituximab over the course of the
trial period before treatment failure com-
pared to the retreatment strategy.
Lead researcher Professor Brad Kahl,
of the University of Wisconsin School of
Medicine and Public Health in Madison,
Wisconsin, US, said retreatment could
be “a very favorable therapy from the
patent’s point of view because it is very
safe and tolerable compared with other…
chemotherapy.”
The trial compared the two strategies in
384 patents with low tumor burden fol-
licular lymphoma. Following weekly 375
mg/m2 doses of rituximab for 1 month,
responders were randomized to mainte-
nance therapy, a single dose of rituximab
every 3 months, or retreatment, in which
patents were given four weekly doses at
disease progression.
Treatment contnued untl failure,
defned as disease progression within 6
months of the last rituximab dose, non-
response to therapy, initaton of alterna-
tve therapy or the inability to complete
the treatment protocol.
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The primary endpoint was tme to treat-
ment failure. Over a median follow up of
3.8 years, tme to treatment failure in the
maintenance arm was 3.9 years and 3.6
years in the rituximab retreatment arm
(P=0.80).
Both arms ofered beter results than
the historical watch-and-wait approach,
which the researchers said is associated
with an average of 3 years before further
chemotherapy treatment.
Secondary endpoints were tme to frst
chemotherapy, quality of life and safety.
At 3 years, 95 percent of patents on main-
tenance rituximab and 86 percent of ritux-
imab retreatment patents had avoided
chemotherapy (P=0.027).
However, the small improvement in
chemotherapy represented signifcantly
more medicaton in the maintenance arm
compared to the retreatment arm, an
average of 15.8 doses versus 4.5 doses,
respectvely.
Both regimens were well tolerated with
minimal toxicity. One death was reported
in each arm.
There was litle diference in quality of
life between the two arms.
“What we were really trying to get at
was whether there was a psychological
advantage to being placed in remission
and maintained there — does that help
lessen anxiety” relatve to going in and
out of remission, Kahl said. “Our analysis
so far shows there is no quality of life ben-
eft for the maintenance strategy relatve
to retreatment.”
Though retreatment is their recom-
mended strategy over maintenance in
patents with low tumor burden follicu-
lar lymphoma, Kahl said this may not be
appropriate in patents with a high tumor
burden as monotherapy is unlikely to con-
trol their disease.
It is stll unclear whether watchful wait-
ing, rituximab or chemotherapy is best
for overall survival in follicular lymphoma
patents.
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Elvira Manzano
T
he American Society of Hematology (ASH) is bringing the 2012 Highlights of ASH
®
in
Asia to Singapore next month to showcase the latest research and clinical advances
in hematology.
At the meetng, experts will present their analysis of hematology news and research
presented at the 53rd Annual Meetng of ASH held in the US recently. Topics to be cov-
ered during the 2-day event, from 3 to 4 March at the Rafes City Conventon Centre,
Singapore, will include evolving therapies in hematology, the latest treatment optons,
and their clinical implicatons.
Highlights of ASH
®
in Asia will also feature lectures, panel discussions, lunch with the
experts, and exhibits. Discussions will focus on blood diseases, including acute leukemias,
myeloproliferatve diseases, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, disorders of hemosta-
sis, thrombosis and ant-coagulaton and hematopoietc stem cell transplantaton. Atendees
can also look forward to excitng lectures on thalassemia, novel treatments for relapsed/
refractory chronic immune thrombocytopenia, bone marrow failure and myeloma.
Highlights of ASH
®
in Asia program co-chair Associate Professor Chng Wee Joo, from the Yong
Loo Lin School of Medicine, Natonal University of Singapore (NUS), senior principal invest-
gator at the Cancer Science Insttute (CSI) of Singapore, and consultant at the Department of
Haematology-Oncology, Natonal University Cancer Insttute, Singapore, described the event
as a unique educatonal opportunity for partcipants to exchange informaton and ideas.
Fellows and trainees can also discuss patent cases with leaders in the feld and gain
knowledge applicable to Asian context, said Chng “[The nominated experts have gone]
through all the abstracts presented at ASH and [selected those] that are more relevant to
Asia. They will present some of these abstracts and bring forward the relevance of what
these abstracts will do in terms of change of practce using illustratve case examples.”
Chng said the goal is to bring ASH to diferent countries in Asia and use it as an oppor-
tunity to foster interacton and collaboraton among physicians and researchers at the
Asian level. “Overall, it’s going to be benefcial in all levels,” he concluded.
Sponsored by ASH, the meetng is presented in partnership with the CSI, NUS, Chinese
Society of Hematology (CSH), Hematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ),
Hematology Society of Taiwan, Indian Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion
(ISHBT), Japanese Society of Hematology (JSH), Korean Society of Hematology (KSH),
Natonal University Cancer Insttute, Singapore (NCIS), Singapore Society of Hematology
(SSH) and Thai Society of Hematology (TSH).
Highlights of ASH coming to Asia
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Novel therapies offer hope to patients with
multiple myeloma
Radha Chitale
N
ew drugs and therapeutc regimes may
slow the rate of disease progression
and improve overall survival in patents with
multple myeloma (MM), even those who
are “exquisitely vulnerable,” according to
experts who presented at the annual meet-
ing of the American Society of Hematology,
held recently in San Diego, California, US.
Patents with MM, a cancer of plasma
cells that create tumors in bone marrow
and damages blood cell and platelet pro-
ducton, have a poor track record when it
comes to survival — typically 2 to 3 years
following diagnosis.
In the US, the annual incidence of MM is
over 20,000 cases. Though treatable, MM
is an incurable blood cancer and each year
it causes about 10,500 deaths. However, in
the last decade, novel agents such as thalid-
omide, lenalidomide (Revlimid®, Celgene)
and bortezomib (Velcade®, Janssen) have
improved survival rates. Meanwhile, clini-
cians contnue to explore new ways of using
these and other drugs to beneft patents
with this form of blood cancer.
“We’ve seen the use of these drugs mov-
ing as part of the treatment paradigm but
[now are] used in conjuncton with other
treatment modalites… with the added ben-
eft of novel combinatons” said Dr. Brian
Durie of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
Los Angeles, California, US and co-founder
of the Internatonal Myeloma Foundaton,
who moderated an MM panel workshop.

Long-term maintenance therapies
Two landmark trials described the use
of long-term maintenance treatment with
the novel agents lenalidomide, an immu-
nomodulatory compound, and bortezomib,
a proteasome inhibitor, in MM patents.
The ratonale for maintenance therapy is
to prevent residual cancer cells from prolif-
eratng following treatment completon or
during a break in actve therapy, which is
when many patents are vulnerable to dis-
ease recurrence and progression.
A phase III study involving 459 patents
with newly diagnosed MM ineligible for
Patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer
associated with a typically poor prognosis,
are increasingly benefting from longer term
treatment regimens and novel agents.
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stem cell transplant has reported that main-
tenance therapy improved progression-free
survival (PFS), the primary endpoint, in a
pre-specifed subgroup of patents younger
than 75.
Led by Dr. Antonio Palumbo of the
Italian Multple Myeloma Study Group and
the University of Turin in Italy, the study
researchers randomized patents to receive
either a combinaton of lenalidomide, mel-
phalan and prednisone followed by contn-
uous lenalidomide (MPR-R), MPR followed
by placebo, or melphalan and prednisone
plus placebo followed by contnuous pla-
cebo (MP).
MPR-R was associated with a median
PFS of 31 months versus 12 months for MP
(P<0.001), the former being associated with
a 70 percent reducton in risk of disease pro-
gression compared with the later. There
was also a trend towards extended overall
survival (OS) over 4 years with the contnu-
ous lenalidomide-based regimen (69 per-
cent versus 58 percent with MP, P=0.133).
PFS was 15 months among those in the
MPR inducton group compared with 12
months in the MP group (P=0.006).
MPR inducton resulted in some adverse
events including neutropenia, thrombocy-
topenia, anemia, infectons and bone pain,
as well as some second primary malignan-
cies, though these were below normal
incidence rates, which occurred more fre-
quently compared to the MP group, but
with an acceptable safety profle to allow
most patents to proceed to maintenance
therapy. The researchers did not report
evidence of toxicity in patents on lenalido-
mide alone.
In another phase III study, the benefts
of maintenance therapy with bortezomib
in conjuncton with thalidomide (VT) or
prednisone (VP) were evaluated in elderly
MM patents.
A total of 260 patents, median age 73
years, with untreated MM were rand-
omized to receive an inducton phase with
six cycles of bortezomib, melphalan and
prednisone (VcMP) or bortezomib, thalid-
omide and prednisone (VTP) followed by
maintenance with either VT or VP for up
to 3 years. Adverse events included some
peripheral neuropathy in both groups with
slightly more in the VT group.
Over a median 20 months of mainte-
nance therapy, VT or VP improved the com-
plete response rate to 42 percent, up from
24 percent afer inducton.
Afer a median 46 months of follow up,
median PFS was 39 months in the VT arm
and 32 months in the VP arm.
OS was not signifcantly diferent between
the maintenance therapy groups, though
there was a trend towards prolonged OS in
the VT maintenance arm. Median OS was
60 months in the VP arm and has not yet
been reached in the VT arm.
“This bortezomib-based maintenance
regime represents an atractve platorm
for further optmizaton of the treatment of
elderly myeloma patents, using probably
novel agents, by reducing the adverse events
and potentally improving the efcacy and
especially the overall mortality,” said lead
researcher Dr. Maria-Victoria Mateos of the
University Hospital of Salamanca in Spain.
Previously, treatment of MM involved
a fxed number of cycles of these novel
agents (lenalidomide or bortezomib) plus
chemotherapy to reduce the tumor bur-
den. Patents were followed to see how
long remission might last.
“Now there is a new paradigm which
includes potental and reality of beneft
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from contnuous therapy,” Durie said. “This
contnuous therapy is possible because the
therapy we have is quite tolerable.”
One of the drawbacks of prolonged ther-
apy with early myeloma drugs was intense
nerve pain due to peripheral neuropathy, a
serious side efect which is less commonly
associated with the newer drugs.
New generaton therapies
Among the cohort of MM patents who
already have high mortality rates within a
few years, those with recurrent refractve
myeloma that do not respond to therapies
are at even greater risk and may require
novel drugs for subsequent treatment
courses.
Median survival in this populaton is about
9 months with normal therapy, said Dr.
Paul Richardson of the Dana Farber Cancer
Insttute in Boston, Massachusets, US.
A phase II trial of the third generaton
immunomodulatory drug pomalidomide
in combinaton with low-dose dexametha-
sone demonstrated an improvement in sur-
vival to nearly 17 months in patents with
relapsed and refractory MM.
“[Pomalidomide] combines the best
of lenalidomide and puts it together
with thalidomide,” said Richardson in his
presentaton.
The drug had actvity in patents who
demonstrated prior resistance to lenalido-
mide and bortezomib.
The study populaton included 221
patents who had undergone at least two
prior treatment regimes that included at
least two cycles of lenalidomide or bort-
ezomib separately or together. Patents
were randomized to receive pomalido-
mide alone or pomalidomide plus low-dose
dexamethasone.
Median PFS, the primary end point, was
4.6 months in the pomalidomide plus low-
dose dexamethasone arm compared with
2.6 months in the pomalidomide only arm.
In the pomalidomide plus low-dose dex-
amethasone and pomalidomide arms, par-
tal response was seen in 34 percent and 13
percent of patents, respectvely, and minor
response was 45 percent and 29 percent,
respectvely. Both arms showed a 1 percent
complete response to therapy. Median
duraton of response was similar between
the arms – about 8 months. Median OS
was also similar: 14.4 months in the poma-
lidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone
arm and 13.6 months in those treated with
pomalidomide alone. Therapy discontnu-
aton was mainly the result of progressive
disease.
“The good news is that because this is
not only a very actve combinaton but also
a well tolerated one, we saw encouraging
progression through survival and, most
importantly for our patents, we saw very
atractve overall survival,” Richardson
said, adding that given the high quality
response in highly vulnerable patents, he
hopes comparatve trials on pomalidomide
will help to get it approved for treatng
patents soon.
A second new drug, carflzomib, prom-
ises another proteasome inhibitor to add
to the cache of therapies for MM, said
Dr. Robert Orlowski of the MD Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, US.
This new therapy binds and holds its pro-
teasome target longer than bortezomib,
which makes it more actve against multple
myeloma.
Previous studies showed the drug to be
well tolerated and had about a 25 percent
response rate among those with relapsed
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Oncol ogy February 2012
and refractory MM. And unlike other drugs,
carflzomib appears to be less prone to
causing peripheral neuropathy.
“Carflzomib appears to be a drug that
has much less ability to induce these symp-
toms, meaning that not only will patents
have a beter response but they may also
have a beter quality of life afer treat-
ment,” Orlowski said, reviewing the data
during the ASH. “And anytme we can
improve responses and quality of life, I
think that’s a big win for patents with mul-
tple myeloma.”
In a small study, carflzomib was deliv-
ered to patents via a 30-minute infusion.
Compared to shorter intravenous infusions,
patents were able to receive higher doses
of carflzomib without increased side efects
and a beter overall response rate — 60
percent — in 2,930 patents with relapsed
disease.
In bortezomib-naïve patents with
relapsed, refractory MM, the overall
response rate for single-agent carflzomib
was between 42 and 52 percent.
If the results of this type of 30-minute
infusion can be confrmed in larger, com-
paratve studies, Orlowski said clinicians
may be able to achieve greater than 100
percent partal remission up front.
“We’d like to be able to have no patents
relapse with myeloma eventually. We’d like
to have everybody achieve remission right
at the beginning,” Orlowski said.
Associate Professor Chng Wee Joo
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore
Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
I
n Asia, we know the incidence of multple myeloma is lower than in the US and that
important disease abnormalites appear to be the same. But that is about it.
Groups like the Asia Myeloma Network are pioneering epidemiological research to
understand whether certain genetc subtypes or those with high-risk disease are more or
less common here compared to the US.
As the thinking behind treatment has evolved, we are also looking into maintenance
therapy with novel and emerging therapies and there may be trials in this area, in the
Asia Pacifc region, as well.
The beauty about treatng MM is that the novel agents keep coming – even more will
come in the next 5 years. The challenge will be to understand how to use them, what
combinatons or sequences to try and which patents will beneft the most.
The nice thing about therapies like lenalidomide and bortezomib, which are not truly
novel now, is that they have clear benefts to patent survival as well as being well toler-
ated, non-toxic and can be given in outpatent setngs, which improves quality of life.
Perspectives on Myeloma
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February 2012 Cont r acept i on
Combined oral contraceptive pill helps ease
painful periods
Elvira Manzano
T
aking birth control pills may ofer extra
beneft for women who sufer from men-
strual pain, according to a longitudinal, case-
control study conducted in Sweden.
In the study, which involved 2,102 women
aged 19 at baseline, those who received a
combined oral contraceptve (COC) pill had
signifcantly lower severity of dysmenorrhea
at 5-year follow-up, with a mean 0.3-unit
reducton on the verbal multdimensional
scoring (VMS) system for ratng pain com-
pared with non-users (P<0.0001). [Hum
Reprod 2012; DOI:10.1093/humrep/der417]
“[This] means that every third woman
went one step down on the VMS scale, for
instance from severe pain to moderate pain,
which meant that they sufered less pain,
improved walking ability with a decrease
in the need for analgesics,” said lead study
author Dr. Ingela Lindh from Gothenburg
University in Sweden.
COC use was also associated with a 9-mm
reducton in pain as measured on a 10-cm
visual analogs scale (VAS). [P<0.0001]
“We found that there was a signifcant
diference in the severity of dysmenorrhea
depending on whether or not the women
used oral contraceptves,” said Lindh, who is
a nurse and a midwife.
Increasing age was also associated with
decreased severity of symptoms (reducton
of 0.1 units in VMS score, 5 mm in VAS score
for 5 years, both P<0.0001). However,these
efects were small compared to those seen
with the pill. Childbirth was another factor
that infuenced severity of menstrual pain
(with a reducton of 7 mm in VAS, P<0.01)
but this was not fully analyzed as very few
women had given birth between the ages
of 19 and 24 in this study.
“In this … study, use of COC and increas-
ing age, independent of each other,
reduced the severity of dysmenorrhea,”
the authors said.
COCs have long been used of-label for
dysmenorrhea but a Cochrane review found
only small evidence for efcacy.
“It’s good for women to know that there
are some benefts of the pill,” Lindh said.
“Informaton about the efects of COC use
on painful periods should be included in
contraceptve counseling… Women who
experience a benefcial efect other than
contracepton, such as reducton in dysmen-
orrhea, are more likely to contnue with the
pill.”
She did however admit that the study
should be confrmed by a placebo-controlled
randomized trial to assess the efcacy of
COCs as a primary outcome measure.
Fify to 75 percent of young women suf-
fer from dysmenorrhea. In the US, it has
been estmated to account for 600 million
lost working hours and a cost to the econ-
omy of around US$2 billion due to lost pro-
ductvity a year.
Informaton about the efects of COC use on painful periods should
be included in contraceptve counseling
‘‘
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Some contraceptives may exacerbate seizures
Radha Chitale
H
ormonal contraceptves may result
in more seizures in epileptc women
compared with non-hormonal contracep-
ton methods, new research shows.
Data from 300 women aged 18-47 years
who completed the Epilepsy Birth Control
Registry survey showed that hormonal
contraceptves, which can include con-
traceptve pills, vaginal rings, patches and
injectables, increased seizure frequency by
17.8 percent, while non-hormonal contra-
ceptves, which can include male and female
condoms, intrauterine devices (IUDs), sper-
micides and diaphragms, increased seizure
frequency by 2.9 percent (P<0.0001).
“Although contracepton is an impor-
tant consideraton for women of reproduc-
tve age, there has been litle investgaton
of contraceptve practces in women with
epilepsy,” the researchers said in a presen-
taton during a meetng of the American
Epilepsy Society, held recently in San Diego,
California, US.
Seizure exacerbaton occurred when
hormonal contraceptves were used in con-
juncton with ant-epileptc drugs (AEDs),
although the extent of exacerbaton dif-
fered depending on the drug.
Valproate users experienced the most
exacerbatons if they also used hormonal
contraceptves (43.6 percent), instead of
non-hormonal contraceptves (7.7 percent)
[P=0.0007].
The researchers observed a similar
though less signifcant efect with car-
bamazepine, which was associated with
more seizures when respondents were also
taking hormonal contraceptves. The pat-
tern was consistent with glucuronidated,
enzyme-inducing AEDs and non-enzyme-
inducing AEDs.
The researchers theorized that elevated
estrogen levels in the presence of valproate
could lower the seizure threshold and so
increase their frequency.
In the absence of AED use, hormonal
contraceptves were associated with a
24.4 percent increased seizure frequency.
In comparison, non-hormonal contracep-
tves increased seizure frequency by 6.67
Hormonal contraceptive drugs were shown to
increase the rate of seizures in a survey of 300
women with epilepsy.
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percent (P=0.0463).
Among the survey cohort, 72 percent of
the women reported using contracepton
in a parallel survey, most ofen an oral con-
traceptve (23 percent), male condom (23
percent, IUDs (12 percent) and withdrawal
(10 percent).
Of a group of 178 high-risk women sur-
veyed — classifed because of their potental
fertlity and sexual actvity — most were
found to use highly efectve contraceptve
methods including hormonal contracep-
tves, IUDs, tubal ligatons and vasectomy.
“Prospectve investgatons are needed
to determine whether these fndings rep-
resent important seizure safety issues or
reportng biases,” the researchers con-
cluded.
Text reminders improve pill compliance
Rajesh Kumar
D
aily text messages have been shown
to markedly improve women’s adher-
ence to an oral contraceptve pill (OCP)
regimen over a 6-month period.
In a randomized controlled trial, research-
ers assigned sexually actve women <25
years of age, who sought contracepton to
prevent unwanted pregnancies, to either
routne care (N=482) or routne care plus
daily educatonal text messages for 180
days (N=480) and obtained contnuaton
data on 683 of them (337 and 346, respec-
tvely). [Obstet Gynecol 2012; 119:14–20]
Routne care included counseling by staf
at a family planning clinic and educatonal
handouts detailing the use, efectveness,
benefts and risks of oral contracepton.
The endpoint was self-reported OCP con-
tnuaton at 5 to 8 months.
At the 6-month follow-up, 64 percent of
women receiving daily text messages were
stll using the pill, compared to 54 per-
cent of the routne care group (P=0.005).
Adherence was the highest among the
group if the follow-up took place while
the text messages were stll being sent
(75 percent, compared with 54 percent;
P=0.003). The efect of the interventon
on adherence became less obvious when
the text messages stopped (60 percent in
those who had previously received texts,
compared with 54 percent in those who
never did; P=0.16).
In analyses adjusted for age, race or
ethnicity, age at frst sexual experience,
pregnancy history, and OCP experience,
the study showed women receiving daily
text reminders were more likely to con-
tnue taking the pill compared to oth-
ers at 6 months (odds rato 1.44, 95% CI
1.03–2.00).
“Unlike programs that seek to change
the behavior of an individual woman to
increase OCP contnuaton (eg, through
enhanced counseling), the text messag-
ing interventon used in the study instead
adapts the health system to improve out-
come,” said the researchers.
“Such a strategy enables health care
providers to enhance the contraceptve
success of their patents simply by aug-
mentng their clinical practce.”
Young women are most likely to choose
OCP as the preferred method for prevent-
ing unwanted pregnancies, but improper
use and discontnuaton are common.
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Six-month OCP contnuaton rates in young
women range anywhere from 12 to 58 per-
cent and failure to establish a routne of
taking the pill is cited as a common reason
for OCP discontnuaton.
Professor P.C. Wong, gynecologist and
senior consultant at the Natonal University
Hospital Women’s Centre in Singapore, said
that under the circumstances, it is important
for all involved in women’s health to “chip
in” with their eforts to improve adherence.
“…be it the gynecologist who writes the
prescripton, the pharmacist who dispenses
it, or the family planning clinic that works
for their welfare.”
While text messages can indeed be
useful, Wong said many tools are already
available. For example, a pill reminder
smart phone applicaton recently launched
by the pharmaceutcal company, Bayer
Healthcare. The app can send daily push
reminders to those on the pill and includes
features such as customizable reminder
tme, countng remaining pills, considering
of days and 21 or 28 pill packs.
“Physicians also need to establish if the
OCP is suitable for a partcular woman. If
someone is habitually forgetul and misses
more than three pills in a month, it is
important to recommend another method
of contracepton,” said Wong.
Limitatons of the study included
researchers’ reliance on partcipant self-
report of ongoing OCP use, inadvertent
variable tme to follow up and lack of tai-
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February 2012 I n Pr act i ce
Management of CHF in primary care
Dr. David Sim
Consultant, Department of Cardiology
Co-Director, Heart Failure Programme
Natonal Heart Centre Singapore
Impaired pumping ability
Congestve heart failure (CHF) – the
inability of the heart to pump oxygen-
rich blood sufcient to meet the body’s
metabolic needs – is a clinical syndrome
accompanied by derangement in the neu-
rohormonal system, the renin-angioten-
sin-aldosterone system and sympathetc
system.
Common causes of heart failure include
ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopa-
thy and hypertension. Other causes are
alcoholic cardiomyopathy, valvular heart
disease, thyrocardiac disease, chemother-
apy-induced cardiomyopathy and viral
myocardits and in rare cases, hemochro-
matosis and amyloidosis.
When cardiac muscles are damaged, it
makes the heart less able to pump blood.
Fluid accumulates in the lungs, in the
abdomen, or in the peripheral tssues, a
conditon called fuid overload.
Diagnosing CHF
With proper history taking coupled with
comprehensive physical exam, physicians
are able to get a diagnosis. Echocardiogram
may be useful but not essental for CHF
diagnosis. A simple chest X-ray can detect
congeston in the lung. Jugular venous
pressure is ofen assessed as a marker of
fuid status. Blood tests performed include
electrolytes, renal functon and liver
CHF is the end result of a variety of insults
to the heart which in some cases may be
irreversible.
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February 2012 I n Pr act i ce
functon tests. The serum level of B-type
natriuretc peptde (BNP) or N-terminal pro
b-type natriuretc peptde or (NT-proBNP)
is related to the severity of heart failure.
Higher levels of BNP or NT-proBNP are
associated with bad prognosis.
Symptoms of CHF depend on the side
of the heart involved. In lef-sided fail-
ure, congeston of pulmonary vascula-
ture causes respiratory symptoms such as
dyspnea on exerton or at rest, orthopnea
– increasing breathlessness on lying fat —
and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. Easy
fatgue and hypotension are signs of poor
cardiac output.
In right-sided failure, there is venous
congeston leading to fuid accumulaton
in the feet and ankles. Ascites and hepa-
tomegaly may also occur in progressively
severe cases. Liver congeston may result
in liver functon impairment. Jaundice and
deranged clotng may also occur.
Patents with biventricular failure ofen
present with both lef and right-sided
symptoms.
Clinical Guidelines
Physicians can refer to the American
Heart Associaton (AHA), the American
College of Cardiology (ACC) and the
European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
guidelines for managing heart failure.
Angiotensin-convertng enzyme inhibi-
tors (ACE inhibitors)/angiotensin recep-
tor blockers (ARBs) and beta-adrenergic
blockers (beta-blockers) are the corner-
stone of treatment in patents with heart
failure and a reduced lef ventricular
ejecton fracton (LVEF). Use of aldoster-
one antagonists is recommended in New
York Heart Associaton (NYHA) Class III/IV
patents with LVEF of <35 percent.
The SEATTLE Heart Failure Model – which
is available online – predicts mortality risk
in CHF patents. It includes medicatons
and devices used to treat heart failure
and how altering these afect survival. A
new mobile applicaton, the Seatle Heart
Failure Risk Calc, also provides an estmate
of survival rates and average years of sur-
vival for patents with heart failure.
Management approaches
Treatment of CHF focuses on dietary
changes and pharmacological modalites,
the primary objectve of which is to restrict
fuid. A liter – or up to 1.2L a day – is recom-
mended depending on the patent’s size.
Sodium intake is also restricted. Some
patents need to be put on diuretcs when
there is evidence of fuid overload. Digoxin
is useful in patents with atrial fbrilla-
ton. ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, if
not contraindicated, are part of standard
therapy. Besides initatng the evidence-
based drugs, GPs should note the dosage.
They should see the patent in 2 weeks
to recheck electrolytes and renal func-
ton. If the patent is stable, upttraton of
ACE inhibitors and betablockers is recom-
mended untl the maximum dose is toler-
ated. Clinical trials have shown that the
higher the doses, the beter the prognosis.
Exercise is also encouraged if tolerated.
New alternatves to ACE, beta-blockers
GPs and non-cardiologists should
look beyond ACE inhibitors and beta-
blockers. New drugs are available. One is
eplerenone, a selectve aldosterone antag-
onist. In the EMPHASIS-HF trial, treatment
with eplerenone reduced the risk of car-
diovascular deaths by 24 percent and the
risk of hospitalizaton for heart failure by
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February 2012 I n Pr act i ce
42 percent in patents with mild symptoms
(Class II). The incidence of gynecomasta –
seen with spironolactone – is also lower.
For Class III or IV patents, we use spirono-
lactone based on the RALES trial.
Another drug available is ivabradine,
which in the SHIFT-HF trial was shown to
decrease mortality when added to stand-
ard therapy of ACE inhibitors/ARB and
beta-blockers. Ivabradine is recommended
in patents with sinus rhythm with a heart
rate of >70 beats per minute.
Challenge to GPs
CHF is the end result of various insults
to the heart which in some cases may be
irreversible.
The key message for GPs is not just to
treat CHF as a simple fuid overload issue.
Patents ofen have other co-morbidites
such as renal impairment, anemia, sleep
apnea and depression. All patents with
newly diagnosed heart failure should be
referred for further evaluaton. Once sta-
ble, patents can be managed in the pri-
mary care setng.
Some patents may present without
symptoms (NYHA Class I) but succumb to
sudden cardiac death. The most common
reasons for this are ventricular tachycar-
dia (VT) and ventricular fbrillaton (VF) in
patents with poor ejecton fracton. In this
case, implantable cardioverter defbrilla-
tor (ICD) improves survival.
Patents younger than 60 years old,
with symptoms that do not improve
despite optmal medical therapy, should
be referred to us for transplant.
New advances in CHF treatment
Recently, the lack of good, healthy
heart transplant donors has seen the
need to improve the current generaton
of mechanical heart devices. The widen-
ing gap in the number of patents await-
ing transplantaton and hearts available
for transplant has prompted eforts to
make the current generaton of ventricu-
lar assist devices (VAD) smaller, more con-
venient and totally implantable. Device
therapy has started to play in selected
patents with CHF. The challenge now for
cardiologists is how to get rid of the drive-
line to eliminate potental source of infec-
ton. If the pump technology improves to a
stage that survival with VAD is equivalent
to heart transplantaton, then transplanta-
ton may be replaced by VAD.
Stem cell therapy is also being tested.
This and other signifcant advances in drug
therapy have sparked an unprecedented
optmism in the treatment of CHF. We, at
the Natonal Heart Centre, Singapore, are
actvely taking part in clinical trials and are
awaitng eagerly the results of other big-
ger studies.
CHF is a debilitatng if not fatal condi-
ton with lots of burden on the patent, the
family, livelihood and the health care sys-
tem. We need a mult-approach to tackle
this problem.
Online Resources:
American Heart Associaton
www.american heart.org/heart failure
Heart Failure Maters
www.heartailurematers.org
European Society of Cardiology
www.escardio.org/communites/HFA/Pages/
welcome.aspx
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February 2012 Cal endar
February
22nd Conference of the Asia Pacifc
Associaton for the Study of Liver
Diseases
16/2/2012 to 19/2/2012
Locaton: Taipei, Taiwan
Info: Asia Pacifc Associaton for the
Study of Liver Diseases
Tel: (81) 3 53672382
Email: apasl_secretariat@apasl.info
Website: www.apasl.info
20th Regional Conference of
Dermatology
20/2/2012 to 23/2/2012
Locaton: Manila, Philippines
Info: Philippine Dermatological Society
Tel: (632) 727 7309
Email: rcd2012@pds.org.ph
Website: www.pds.org.ph
2012 Annual Meetng of the American
College of Psychiatrists
22/2/2012 to 26/2/2012
Locaton: Naples, Florida, US
Info: American College of Psychiatrists
Tel: (1) 312-662-1020
Website: www.acpsych.org/meetngs-
and-news/annual-meetng
Internatonal Congress of Cardiology:
ICC 2012
24/2/2012 to 26/2/2012
Locaton: Hong Kong
Info: Global Event Management
Tel: (85) 2-2294-4468
Email: icc@globalevent.hk
Website: www.icc-hongkong.com
March
ERC 2012: European Congress of
Radiology
1/3/2012 to 5/3/2012
Locaton: Vienna, Austria
Info: European Society of Radiology
Email: registraton@myESR.org
Website: www.myesr.org/cms/website.
php?id=/en/ecr_2012.htm
68th Annual Meetng of the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology
2/3/2012 to 6/3/2012
Locaton: Orlando, Florida, US
Info: American Academyt of Allergy,
Asthma and Immunology
Tel: (1) 414-272-6071
Email: annualmeetng@aaaai.org
Website: www.aaaai.org
2012 Highlights of ASH
®
in Asia
3/3/2012 to 4/3/2012
Locaton: Singapore
Info: ASH Customer Relatons Depart-
ment
Tel: (1) 202-776-0544
Email: customerservice@hematology.org
Website: www.hematology.org/Meet-
ings/Highlights/6836.aspx
20th Annual Meetng of the Asian
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery
8/3/2012 to 11/3/2012
Locaton: Bali, Indonesia
Info: Asian Society for Cardiothoracic
Surgery
Tel: (1) 62-21-566-5993
54
February 2012 Cal endar
Email: info@ascvtsbali2012.org
Website: www.ascvtsbali2012.org
61st American College of Cardiology
Annual Scientfc Session
24/3/2012 to 27/3/2012
Locaton: Chicago, Illinois, US
Info: American College of Cardiology
Tel: (1) 202 375-6000
Email: accregistraton@jspargo.com
Website: www.acc.org
15th World Congress of
Anesthesiologists
25/3/2012 to 30/3/2012
Locaton: Buenos Aires, Argentna
Info: WF SA World Congress of
Anesthesiologists
Email: wfsahq@anaesthesiologists.org
Website: www.wca2012.com
Upcoming
24th European Congress of Ultrasound
in Medicine and Biology
22/4/2012 to 24/4/2012
Locaton: Madrid, Spain
Tel: (34) 913 61 2600
Fax: (34) 913 55 9208
Email: info@euroson2012.com
Website: www.euroson2012.com
III NWAC World Anesthesia Conventon
(NWAC 2012)
24/4/2012 to 28/4/2012
Locaton: Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: (41) 22 908 0488
Fax: (41) 22 906 9140
Email: nwac@kenes.com
Website: www.nwac.org
American Thoracic Society Internatonal
Conference 2012 (ATS 2012)
18/5/2012 to 23/5/2012
Locaton: San Francisco, California, US
Tel: (1) 212 315 8652
Email: conference@thoracic.org
Website: www.thoracic.org/go/interna-
tonal-conference
15th Biennial Meetng of the European
Society for Immunodefciencies (ESID
2012)
03/10/2012 to 06/10/2012
Locaton: Florence, Italy
Tel: (41) 22 908 0488
Fax: (41) 22 906 9150
Email: esid@kenes.com
Website: www.kenes.com/esid
42nd Annual Meetng of the
Internatonal Contnence Society
15/10/2012 to 19/10/2012
Locaton: Beijing, China
Tel: (41) 22 908 0488
Fax: (41) 22 906 9140
Email: ics@kenes.com
Website: www.kenes.com/ics
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February 2012 Af t er Hour s
Autumn in
Kyoto
Christna Lau discovers autumn colors
in Kyoto, Japan, when maple leaves were
turning red in mid-November.
T
he Japanese term momijigari (紅葉狩り,
red-leaf hunting) vividly describes the
character of the
country’s maple leaves in
autumn. Despite meticu-
lous forecasts of when the
leaves are going to turn red
in diferent parts of Japan,
whether you catch them
57
February 2012 Af t er Hour s
Autumn in
Kyoto
in their most vibrant colors is a matter of
luck.
With the forecast that Kyoto leaves
were going to start turning red in early
November, we set of hoping to see stun-
ning seas of red at scenic spots across the
city by the middle of the month. But the
maple leaves were just starting to turn
red when we were in Kyoto.
The late arrival of autumn colors did
not hamper people’s spirits, as focks of
local and overseas tourists could be seen
snapping pictures of any red leaf in sight.
At popular attractions such as the Kiyo-
mizu Temple (清水寺) and the nearby
Jishu Shrine (地主神社), young women
came in kimono (traditional Japanese
full-length robes) to celebrate the oc-
casion and pray to the deity of love and
matchmaking said to reside in the latter.
For a break from the crowd, Sagano
(嵯峨野) in the northwestern part of the
city ofers tranquility at temples built
more than 1,000 years ago. Many of the
temples house sculptures and scriptures
ofcially classifed as National Treasures
and Important Cultural Properties of Ja-
pan. These temples are also fabulous
spots for red-leaf viewing, where autumn
colors complement the beauty of the ar-
chitecture and traditional Japanese gar-
dens.
If you want to see autumn colors in
Kyoto, it is not too early to book a few
months in advance. With the large num-
ber of visitors focking to the city in No-
vember, most hotels and inns were full
when we booked in September.
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February 2012 Humor
“Let’s go in and see what happens!”
“I should warn you that insurance fraud is a very
serious offence.”
“Pill time Mr. Helmholtz.”
“Let’s hope it’s not contagious!”
“The transplant was a tremendous success.
Would you like to keep your old heart as a
souvenir?”
“Your husband has a great sense of humor. We
couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole
operation!”
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February 2012

Early antiretroviral treatment cuts HIV transmission

A US trial suggests that ARVs not only treat HIV infection, they also reduce transmission rates.

Rajesh Kumar eople infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are 96 percent less likely to transmit the disease to their healthy partners if they start taking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early, according to a study hailed as a scientific breakthrough of 2011. The findings end a long-standing debate over whether ARVs can provide a double benefit by treating the virus in individual patients while simultaneously cutting transmission rates, said researchers from

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the University of North Carolina’s school of medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US. [N Engl J Med 2011; 365:493-505] The HPTN* 052 study enrolled 1,763 heterosexual couples in 2007 from Brazil, India, Thailand, the US, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Each participating couple included one HIVpositive partner. Half of the HIV-positive individuals were put on ARVs immediately while the other half were made to wait until their CD4 counts fell below 250 — indicative of severe immune damage — before

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offering treatment to see if this made any difference in HIV transmission to healthy partners or to HIV-related clinical events in HIV-positive group. In early 2011, 39 HIV transmissions to healthy partners were observed (incidence rate, 1.2 per 100 person-years; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.9 to 1.7), of which 28 were virologically linked to the infected partner (incidence rate, 0.9 per 100 person-years, 95% CI, 0.6 to 1.3). Of the 28 linked transmissions, only one occurred in the early-therapy group (hazard ratio, 0.04; 95% CI, 0.01 to 0.27; P<0.001). Also, 105 participants had at least one HIV-related clinical event: 40 of them in the early-therapy group and 65 in the delayed-therapy group, a reduction of nearly 40 percent. Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis dominated the clinical events, with three cases in the early therapy group versus 17 cases in the other. Seeing these results, an independent monitoring board decided all study participants should be given ARVs 4 years before the study’s closure. The board also recommended that the trial’s findings be made public as soon as possible. Professor Roy Chan, head of Singapore’s national sexually transmitted infections control program, called it “an important study for Asia and the rest of the world” due to its significance for the war on HIV/ AIDS. Treatment with ARVs is already known to reduce the viral load in an infected individual. Many HIV/AIDS researchers had reasoned that treated individuals should also be less infectious. But skeptics contended that such a theory was unproven and that the viral load might not reflect

levels of virus in genital secretions. The new study’s findings help promote ongoing treatment of HIV to reduce viral loads in communities and could possibly eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemics in some countries, said the researchers. But ARV therapy is by no means a magic bullet for controlling or ending the HIV epidemic, said Dr. Scott Hammer from the division of infectious diseases at Columbia University Medical Center, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, New York, US, in an accompanying editorial. [N Engl J Med 2011; 365:561-562] Adverse events, emergence of drugresistant viral strains, maintenance of adherence, sustainability, and cost are just some of the concerns, said Hammer. “However, this is precisely the wrong time to limit access to antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings, since we have the tools in hand to maintain or restore health in infected persons and reduce transmission to their sexual partners,” he said. Dr. James D. Shelton of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s bureau for global health, in another comment, said ARV resistance mutations are already found in untreated patients and providing ARVs on a more massive scale for many years opens the doors for more resistance, especially when use would be long and adherence possibly lower. [Science 2011; 334:1645-1646] ARVs as prevention must not jeopardize already precariously low funding for complementary prevention interventions such as male circumcision, condoms and behavior change, said Shelton.
* HPTN: HIV Prevention Trials Network

The fund is one of the largest financial supporters of programs offering education. We do need to become more strategic in our investments and more efficient in how we implement programs. Following the recent cancellation of the 11th funding round by the Global Fund to fight AIDS. education. This kept them .4 February 2012 Forum Protecting our children from HIV Dr. There are critical programs around the world that were relying on the opportunity to apply for round 11 funding. The overall consequence will be to end access to lifesaving treatment for some of the poorest among us. Without the opportunity to apply to round 11. Thailand. before we had potent triple-drug regimens. The Foundation for AIDS Research. Annette Sohn. However. but this is the wrong time to slow down. Education and AIDS Training in Asia). Director. Tuberculosis and Malaria due to a lack of donor country support. children living with HIV across Asia and Africa will be amongst those hardest hit as support for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission programs and pediatric drug formulations will be rationed even further. treatment and care services of the three diseases. critical HIV programs around the world will be forced to make painful choices to sacrifice activities or close their doors. underfunding has led to the replacement of round 11 with a transitional funding mechanism to provide just enough for the continuation of “essential” prevention. W orld AIDS Day is a day of remembrance. After achieving so much as a global community to improve HIV treatment coverage. and community mobilization. and 2011 was more somber and less hopeful than I would have predicted. new money for the cause is drying up. prevention. support and treatment to those living with HIV and AIDS. Bangkok. TREAT Asia (Therapeutics Research. funding cuts pose a real risk of taking us back to a disastrous situation. Children born with HIV in places like Thailand were given treatment early on in the epidemic. Asian children and HIV The pediatric HIV epidemic in Asia faces new challenges that are in some sense a consequence of having earlier access to antiretroviral drugs. Although the latest progress report on the global HIV/AIDS response shows that the incidence of HIV continues to decline and fewer people are dying from AIDSrelated causes.

That our prevention of mother-to-child transmission program coverage is worse than sub-Saharan Africa should be a cause for shame among the countries of the region. medication adherence. They cannot complain. Infants were randomized to continue receiving nevirapine or a placebo for up to 6 months or until they stopped breastfeeding.1 percent in the placebo group. and frequently doing this Mother-child HIV transmission can be reduced A ntiretroviral drugs may prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission by about 50 percent if they are administered within the first 6 months of life or until breastfeeding stops. They rely on adults around them to take care of them. DOI:10. These HIVpositive adolescents.1 percent of infants randomized to receive nevirapine became HIV-positive between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months compared with 2. who have had the virus all their lives. We do not fully appreciate what it means to grow up with HIV and have to deal with the virus for a lifetime. about 40 percent of the children are already 12 years or older. I wonder how it is that we are able to spend so much on “saving” questionable elements of our financial systems and so little on saving the lives of our world’s children. [Lancet 2011. At a time when they are growing up. Children do not know whether they have HIV or not. Better diagnosis needed We also need to better identify the children who have HIV infection.4 percent of those receiving placebo — a 54 percent transmission reduction. .2 percent in the nevirapine group and 1. and too few infants can access the PCR testing needed to diagnose HIV. We now have a growing cohort of older adolescents. but has led to fewer options to manage their increasingly resistant HIV virus. If we are able to diagnose them early on and start them on antiretroviral drugs. The consequences of this are apparently early on in life in terms of brain development and later in life in terms of bone and cardiovascular toxicities. As we watch HIV funding shrinking more and more. alive. as is standard practice. they are also dealing with HIV and related health problems.1016/ S0140-6736(11)61653-X] The trial showed that 1. trying to explore the world and find a way for themselves within it. drug resistance.527 infants at risk for HIV transmission for 6 weeks. to diagnose their illnesses. Mortality was comparable between the two groups. Being born with HIV infection affects the immune and other organ systems of the body differently from someone who acquires infection as an adult. present a range of clinical management challenges. as was the frequency of adverse events. Within the TREAT Asia cohort (a network of pediatric clinical sites in low to middle income countries in SE Asia and India). they will survive and hope to live to adulthood. South African researchers administered the antiretroviral drug nevirapine once daily to 1. 1. because we don’t really know the true incidence of HIV among children in Asia.5 February 2012 Forum as orphans.

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14-15 January 2012 Majunya transplantasi ginjal di Indonesia Hardini Arivianti ransplantasi ginjal sudah menjadi penatalaksanaan standar bagi penderita gagal ginjal terminal dan tidak lagi dalam tahap eksperimental. Persatuan Ahli Bedah Indonesia (PABI). lanjut dr. menggelar workshop dan simposium ‘Uronephrology Update’ yang berlangsung 13-15 Januari lalu. Endang. yang kami lanjutkan dengan simposium 2 hari ini. RS Cikini telah melakukan lebih dari 300 transplantasi ginjal dalam kurun waktu 1977-2012. Di Amerika dan Eropa sekitar 50%-nya memilih transplantari. Namun setelah kami evaluasi.” Selanjutnya. Itu sebabnya dalam rangka HUT RS PGI Cikini yang ke-114. Perbaikan kualitas hidup Upaya transplantasi ginjal ini. Perhimpunan Nefrologi Indonesia (PERNEFRI). tanggal 13 Januari kami mulai dengan kegiatan workshop mengenai pemasangan CAPD baik untuk perawat maupun dokter ahli bedah. dinilai T dengan parameter yang berupa harapan hidup. kami telah meninggalkan teknik klasik yang memerlukan lapang operasi lebih luas. “Transplantasi di Indonesia masih rendah yang mungkin disebabkan rendahnya keinginan masyarakat untuk mendonasikan ginjal. dr. Sedangkan dari segi biaya jangka panjang. Untuk transplantasi. terutama ginjal. Simposium ini bertemakan “Refining Our Practices in Kidney Transplantation and What is Beyond Those?” merupakan kerjasama dengan Ikatan Ahli Urologi Indonesia (IAUI). Eben Ezer S. Indonesia telah berhasil melakukan teknik tersebut sejak tahun 1977. dibandingkan dengan hemodialisa. “Sebelumnya.” tukas Prof. Di Indonesia. Teknik yang digunakan kini – modified – jauh lebih baik dengan lapang operasi kecil dan perdarahan lebih minim. David Manuputty. survival dan kualitas/kuantitas hidup pasien. SpPD-KGH. “Mungkin transplantasi mula-mula biayanya tinggi dibandingkan hemodialisa. upaya ini memiliki harapan hidup dan kualitas/kuantitas hidup jauh lebih baik. diperlukan pendidikan berkelanjutan. Endang Susalit. transplantasi jauh lebih hemat. dr. sebagian besar melakukan hemodialisa/CAPD. “Dibandingkan dengan hemodialisa dan CAPD. Dr. Jakarta.” Untuk teknik pembedahan. SpU (K). Diperkirakan jumlah penderita gagal ginjal di dunia berkisar 3 juta. Endang memaparkan harapan ke depannya agar Indonesia nantinya dapat melakukan transplantasi dengan golongan darah yang . setelah 3 tahun biayanya sama antara dua teknik tersebut dan 3 tahun berikutnya biaya obat pasca transplantasi lebih rendah dibandingkan hemodialisa. 30% dengan hemodialisa dan sisanya (20%) dengan CAPD.7 February 2012 Indonesia Focus Uronephrology Update Symposium. SpB.” jelas dr. dan Persatuan Perawat Ginjal Intensif Indonesia (PPGII). SpU. dr. Simposium ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kualitas penanganan transplantasi ginjal di seluruh rumah sakit di Indonesia yang berperan serta dalam program transplantasi organ. Dalam upaya pengembangan dan peningkatan jumlah transplantasi ini.

Acara ‘2nd IHKS Scientific Meeting’ ini merupakan salah satu yang terbesar di Asia dan dihadiri pembicara dari berbagai negara dan para President dan Past President organisasi ‘Hip and Knee’ dunia. Nicolaas C Budhiparama. Salah satu terapi adalah bifosfonat yang dapat meningkatkan kekuatan tulang dengan menghambat reabsorbsi tulang dan umumnya dilaporkan dapat mengurangi risiko fraktur sebesar 30-60%. Belanda. Malaysia. 13-15 January. Cara ini dapat meningkatkan kepatuhan pasien. dan meningkatkan angka morbiditas dan mortalitas.8 February 2012 Indonesia Focus imunosupresan. dikatakan. Singapura. FICS. memaparkan perkembangan terbaru pada panggul dan lutut di Indonesia dan dunia. Filipina. Jakarta. Dari paparan tersebut.” lanjut Ketua IHKS ini. 2012 Penanganan permasalahan panggul dan lutut panggul Hardini Arivianti O steoporosis menjadi salah satu masalah yang meningkat terutama pada lansia. Untuk yang gologan darah incompatible. Asam zoledronat diindikasikan sebagai terapi osteoporosis pada wanita pasca menopause dan sebagai terapi osteoporosis pada pria dan wanita usia di atas 50 tahun dengan sedikit riwayat fraktur panggul.” incompatible dan donor dari jenazah. memerlukan persiapan yang lebih banyak dan biaya mungkin bisa 1. dan Perancis. Hal ini menjadi salah satu topik yang dikemukakan oleh dr. “Saat ini Kementerian Kesehatan sedang menyusun rancangan peraturan pemerintah mengenai transplantasi organ dari jenazah agar menjadi ‘payung’ hukum sehingga profesi merasa aman untuk melakukan transplantasi. . Pembicara yang hadir berasal dari Amerika Serikat. efek samping pada saluran cerna dapat dihindari yang seringkali terjadi pada pemberian oral. Indonesia sebenarnya cukup maju. Fraktur osteoporotik menyebabkan pasien perlu rawat inap. Jr. dan prosedur ini harus di-follow up selama 12 bulan setelah pemberian dosis tunggal. Pada ‘Annual Scientific Meeting’ ke-2 ini. Thailand.5-2 kali lebih besar dibandingkan transplantasi standar serta memerlukan ekstra 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Hip and Knee Society. IHKS mengangkat tema ‘Hip and Knee Updates’. Sebagai contohnya. Namun kepatuhan pasien pada terapi ini masih menjadi kendala. Nicolaas yang juga sebagai ‘Founding Father’ dari ‘Asean Arthroplasty Association’ (AAA). dilakukannya operasi penggantian lutut dengan sistem navigasi komputer di Indonesia bersama dengan India dan Australia di tahun 2004 merupakan salah satu pioneernya. “Karena diberikan intravena. dr. Australia. SpOT pada ‘2nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Hip and Knee Society’ (IHKS) pertengahan Januari lalu. Asam zoledronat adalah bifosfonat yang diberikan setahun sekali dengan cara infus intravena. Pada plenary lecture. Vietnam.

riset dan praktek bagi para ahli bedah ortopedik dengan kekhususan di bidang panggul dan lutut agar asosiasi ini memiliki kontribusi pada skala nasional dan internasional. anggota yang tergabung di dalam IHKS merupakan anggota Persatuan Ahli Bedah Ortopedi Indonesia (PABOI). 2012 Misi dan visi IHKS Misi IHKS adalah memberikan pendidikan. Acara ke-2 ini merupakan salah satu yang terbesar di Asia dan dihadiri pembicara dari berbagai negara dan para President dan Past President berbagai organisasi ‘Hip and Knee’ dunia. “Selain itu. Jakarta. Singapura. Australia.” jelas dr. serta melampirkan semua referensi dengan riwayat hidup . Thailand. kami juga membuat website untuk masyarakat. Filipina. 13-15 January. Kemudian dr. memiliki STR yang masih berlaku selama program pendidikan. Nicolaas. SpOT – selaku sekretaris umum IHKS – tersedia program fellowship untuk mengikuti pendidikan keahlian panggul dan lutut dengan syarat antara lain menjadi anggota aktif PABOI. karena meningkatnya awareness masyarakat pada kesehatan panggul dan lutut. Andre menjelaskan. Indonesia akan ‘loncat’ 4-5 langkah ke depan. Sedangkan visi IHKS menjadi satu-satunya ‘wadah’ para ahli bedah ortopedik dan traumatologi dengan minat subspesialis yang relevan agar dapat bersama-sama memecahkan ragam kasus dan permasalahan tulang dan panggul di Indonesia. Pembicara yang hadir berasal dari Amerika Serikat. penangananan urat yang putus dan atroskopi. mendapat surat rekomendasi dari 2 anggota dewan ahli IHKS (2 surat). Untuk mencapai misi dan visi. sejak tahun 2006 kami sudah dapat melakukan teknik ‘double bundle’ pada atlet-atlet yang mengalami cedera dan teknik ini merupakan salah satu teknik perdana di Asia. lutut. SpOT selaku Ketua Penyelenggara simposium IHKS ini. Belanda. Selama ini Indonesia masih tertinggal untuk masalah panggul dan lutut. dan Perancis. Selain itu. “Mengenai teknik. dan dari tempat kerja (satu surat). kantor yang menerbitkan kartu (satu surat). Malaysia. menurut dr. Indonesia juga sudah mampu melakukan penggantian panggul. Selain itu. agar mereka lebih aware akan masalah seputar panggul dan lutut. “Simposium ini menjadi ajang berbagi pengalaman dan ilmu.9 February 2012 Indonesia Focus 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Hip and Knee Society. Kiki Novito.” tukasnya lebih lanjut. IHKS juga akan mendidik anggota ortopedi di Indonesia agar dapat memberikan pelayanan yang lebih baik kepada masyarakat. Vietnam. Tindakan bedah panggul dan lutut menjadi semakin popular di Indonesia. Andre Pontoh. sehat secara mental dan fisik. menjadi anggota IHKS. berusia maksimum 45 tahun saat awal program. maka kami harapkan dengan adanya simposium ini.” tambah dr. lulus ujian komprehensif (lisan dan tulisan).

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Angka tersebut bervariasi. meneliti 3000 laki-laki lahir di Helsinki (1924-1930) menunjukkan ukuran bayi saat lahir berhubungan dengan risiko penyakit jantung koroner saat dewasa.11 February 2012 Indonesia Focus Pentingnya nutrisi di awal kehidupan Hardini Arivianti M alnutrisi atau kurang gizi yang dialami oleh ibu. akan berdampak baik pada ibu maupun tumbuh kembang janin untuk jangka pendek dan jangka panjang.” Salah satu penyebab BBLR adalah kurang gizi pada ibu. Dikatakan oleh dr. Saptawati. ‘Programming’ tersebut menunjukkan adanya korelasi kuat antara BBLR dengan peningkatan risiko kelainan metabolik. sejak masih dalam kandungan maupun setelah bayi lahir yang memiliki dampak jangka pendek dan panjang. Namun konsep ini masih memerlukan penelitian lebih lanjut. “Prevalensi BBLR di Indonesia. Hal ini dikemukakan oleh Dr. Penyakit tersebut juga berhubungan kuat dengan indeks . Di Indonesia. Dijelaskan mengenai sebuah konsep ‘programming’ yang sudah terbukti bahwa seorang manusia yang lahir terprogram untuk mengalami masalah penyakit kronis di kemudian hari. “Yang penting perlu memahami konsep nutrisi sejak awal kehidupan. Saptawati Bardosono. calon ibu yang belum hamil dan mengalami kurang gizi berkisar 13%. Simposium setengah hari tersebut mengangkat tema ‘The Importance of Early Life Nutrition to Support Long Term Health’. 6% di Sulawesi Utara dan lebih tinggi lagi di Papua dan NTT. Selain itu anemia zat besi pada ibu hamil lebih dari 40%. MSc pada simposium’ Early Life Nutrition’. berat badan bayi lahir rendah (BBLR) berkaitan dengan kesehatan di masa yang akan datang. berkisar 10-19% dan BBLR ini berdampak pada saat bayi tumbuh menjadi balita dan cenderung berisiko 3 kali lebih besar mengalami stunting dan berisiko mengalami penyakit jantung dan kardiovaskular di kemudian hari. dan di Jakarta angka tersebut berkisar 50%.” Menurut Forsen dkk. dr.

lanjut anggota ‘Indonesian . Seorang perempuan dengan kurang gizi (IMT <18. Dampak malnutrisi ibu tergantung pada tahapan kehamilan. Status gizi kurang pada ibu saat mulai hamil juga berpengaruh terhadap diferensiasi sel saat menjadi fetus dan plasenta. kretin. ‘Nutrition programming’ Bila terjadi peningkatan berat badan yang terlalu cepat dan overfeeding (dalam rangka tumbuh kejar) pada bayi dengan BBLR dan intra uterine growth retardation (pertumbuhan janin terhambat/ PJT) seringkali dikaitkan dengan peningkatan risiko terjadinya resistensi insulin. cacat lahir. gangguan saraf. sistem metabolik pada janin dan bayi akan terprogram sehingga mempertinggi risiko kemungkinan terjadinya penyakit kronik (seperti diabetes) di masa yang akan datang. Dengan kondisi seperti ini. Hasil salah satu penelitian menunjukkan laki-laki yang lahir dengan berat badan sangat rendah berisiko 7 kali lipat mengalami diabetes dibandingkan dengan yang lahir dengan berat badan normal. Selain itu. Tati. obesitas serta sindrom metabolik massa tubuh/IMT ibu saat hamil. Sedangkan pada trimester 2 akan berkaitan dengan gangguan metabolisme glukosa. gangguan perkembangan organ tubuh. Bila malnutrisi terjadi pada tahap awal kehamilan. rendahnya hemoglobin dan tipis tebalnya lipat kulit bagian triseps berkaitan dengan peningkatan tekanan darah pada anak di usia 11 tahun. bayi dan janin mengalami peningkatan risiko terhadap kematian perinatal. Penelitian menyebutkan paparan malnutrisi pada trimester pertama berkaitan dengan meningkatnya risiko obesitas dan penyakit jantung koroner. pernapasan dan sirkulasi. bayi dengan berat <1. hipertensi dan kelainan kardiovaskular lainnya. Di Jamaika menunjukkan rendahnya kenaikan berat badan selama hamil. yang salah satunya adalah diet ibu sebelum dan saat hamil. menyebabkan janin mengadaptasikan metabolisme tubuhnya dengan cara mengurangi produksi insulin dan glukosa. Dikatakan oleh dr.5kg berisiko 70-100 kali meninggal dalam tujuh hari pertama. Penelitian lain yang telah dilakukan di Gambia.12 February 2012 Indonesia Focus Nutrition Association’ ini.” tukas dr. menunjukkan rendahnya kenaikan berat badan ibu selama hamil berhubungan dengan peningkatan tekanan darah. Angka kematian tertinggi terjadi pada laki-laki yang kurus saat lahir dan memiliki ibu yang pendek dan gemuk. sebaiknya difokuskan pada ibu agar dapat mencegah bayi dengan BBLR. “Kurang gizi dapat menyebabkan lebih banyak plasenta yang terbentuk dibandingkan yang menjadi fetus sehingga menyebabkan terjadinya keterbatasan pertumbuhan janin sehingga bayi akan berisiko lahir dengan BBLR. Tati.5kg/m2) saat konsepsi akan sulit untuk memperbaiki status gizi selama hamil dan risiko kematian lebih tinggi dibandingkan ibu dengan IMT normal. dan kerusakan otak. Begitu pula dengan penyakit kronik ternyata ada beberapa faktor risiko yang sudah terprogram sejak awal kehidupan. Nutrisi sebelum hamil Untuk menilai nutrisi. pencernaan. Angka underweight di Indonesia sekitar 11.5% dan bervariasi antar tempat. panggilan akrabnya.

Hal ini diungkapkan oleh dr. pada tanggal 19 Januari 2012 lalu. SpA(K). defisiensi vitamin A. yang meliputi kurang energi protein (KEP).7%. obat-obatan.4%. Sandjaja. Pada masa janin. status gizi kurang dan anak tumbuh stunted. dan 13. hal tersebut juga berhubungan dengan masalah epigenetik. Titis menyampaikan dua sisi yang perlu diperhatikan. Selain itu. leptin dan glukokortikoid. yaitu pemberian ASI eksklusif 6 bulan dan diteruskan hingga usia 2 tahun serta MP-ASI mulai usia 6 bulan. telah dilakukan survei terhadap 7. Riset komprehensif gizi di Indonesia Hardini Arivianti asalah gizi masih merupakan masalah kesehatan masyarakat di Indonesia. Titis dari divisi Nutrisi dan Penyakit Metabolik ini menjelaskan perlunya perbaikan pemantauan tumbuh kembang dengan cara menimbang dan mengukur lingkar kepala serta memberikan edukasi pemberian makan yang adekuat. lingkungan dan cara pemberian. Ada 3 faktor dalam ‘food rules’ yaitu penjadwalan.13 February 2012 Indonesia Focus Yang penting pengaturan pola makan agar tidak terjadi kesalahan dalam pemberian makan. undernutrition. Pemberian makan yang salah akan terbawa hingga usia mendatang yang nantinya dapat menyebabkan anak mengalami berat badan kurang. gangguan sirkulasi plasenta akan menimbulkan masalah pada ‘transfer’ dari ibu ke janin. masalah restriksi kalori. Hal ini juga dijelaskan oleh dr. dan hal ini berkaitan positif dengan massa dan distribusi lemak yang dikaitkan terhadap angka kejadian obesitas dan komposisi lemak tubuh pada anak dan remaja. Jadwal makan harus konsisten dan anaklah penentu porsinya. Kenaikan berat badan yang cepat merupakan hal yang biasa terjadi pada anak dengan BBLR. Dalam lingkungan yang sebaiknya netral tanpa gangguan dan cara pemberian sedikit tetapi sering. genetik dan hormonal berperan penting. bila terjadi masalah pada saat programming. kurangnya asupan protein. Hormonhormon tersebut antara lain insulin growth factor (IGF). Pada sisi ibu. lingkungan yang tidak mendukung. “Sejak awal harus diperhatikan berapa banyak yang diberikan kepada anak karena makan adalah proses belajar. Kemudian dr. Sedangkan pada sisi anak.” Pengaturan makan sesuai rekomendasi WHO. MPH. kecukupan nutrisi pada ibu.6%. maka dapat menimbulkan perubahan pada fenotip dan ukuran berbagai organ yang nantinya dikaitkan dengan patologi berbagai penyakit di kemudian hari. anemia zat besi dan gangguan akibat kekurangan yodium (GAKY). dr. M Data terakhir didapat dari Riskesdas 2010 dengan data pre-valensi underweight. Sebagai kesimpulan. Titis Prawitasari. hormon pertumbuhan. Dengan latar belakang tersebut.200 anak usia . stunting dan wasting pada balita didapat hasil 18. 35. pada usia dewasa. ukuran dan fungsi plasenta.

diameter tulang (pergelangan tangan. Namun tidak semua parameter dikumpulkan dari semua subyek. Martorell (1996) memaparkan dampak kekurangan gizi pada masa kehamilan dan usia dini dapat menyebabkan berkurangnya IQ sebesar 15 poin. Raven. dan pendidikan orang tua mengenai pentingnya pemenuhan kebutuhan gizi anak dengan menerapkan pedoman umum gizi seimbang. “Di Indonesia. Denver. Jumlah sampel per kelompok umur masing-masing berjumlah 2400 subyek. sub-skapula. pola konsumsi makan. Kurangnya data komprehensif mengenai status gizi anak Indonesia saat ini menjadi salah satu kendala dalam pembuatan program kesehatan masyarakat yang tepat sasaran. Padahal program pengembangan anak usia dini dapat membantu memecahkan masalah kekurangan gizi melalui penyediaan makanan tambahan. antropometri. Fasli Jalal. Di setiap kabupaten/kota dipilih secara acak dan dibagi dalam 3 kelompok umur. lutut). kepadatan tulang lengan dan kaki. “Dengan adanya SEANUTS ini diharapkan hasilnya dapat digunakan untuk membuat program edukasi dan intervensi gizi yang tepat guna dan tepat sasaran di Indonesia baik jangka pendek maupun jangka panjang sehingga nantinya tidak tercipta ‘lost generation’ di masa yang akan datang. hemoglobin. Vietnam (‘National Institute of Nutrition’). triseps. perkembangan kognitif.” Studi yang telah berjalan JanuariDesember 2011 ini mencakup data 16. SpGK. ‘Southeast Asia Nutrition Study’ (SEANUTS) merupakan riset gizi yang komprehensif yang pernah dilakukan. 6-23 bulan. ferritin.464 anak dari 4 negara yang meliputi aspuan makanan. dan 6-12 tahun. WISC-3. Menurut Prof. Studi multisenter ini dilakukan di 4 negara. Selain itu perkembangan motorik juga dinilai menggunakan Bailey-2. siku. aktivitas fisik. suprailiaka). lapisan lemak bawah kulit (biseps. dam aktivitas fisik. memperkaya makanan yang banyak dikonsumsi anak usia dini dengan fortifikasi. Antropometri pada anak yang diukur adalah berat. sebagian diambil hanya sub-sampel.14 February 2012 Indonesia Focus vitamin A. Indonesia (PERSAGI). “Hasil riset ini diharapkan dapat memperkaya data dan informasi tentang gizi anak di Indonesia serta melengkapi data dan informasi yang diperoleh dari riset sebelumnya seperti Riskesdas dan juga dapat digunakan sebagai baseline data dalam pengembangan program intervensi gizi yang lebih tepat guna. Thailand (‘Mahidol University’) dan Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia).” 6 bulan-12 tahun di 48 kabupaten/kota di 25 propinsi. tinggi badan. lingkar lengan atas. Data yang ada terbatas pada anak usia 0-5 tahun dan belum mencakup keseluruhan data yang dibutuhkan mengingat semakin kompleksnya masalah gizi pada anak. analisa biokimiawi dan kepadatan tulang. tinggi duduk. vitamin D-3. dan yodium. 2-5 tahun. PhD. Biokimia juga dilakukan untuk menilai kadar . Bila dilakukan intervensi gizi pada anak usia pra-sekolah yang kekurangan gizi berdampak jelas terhadap peningkatan kemampuan kognitif baik jangka pendek dan panjang. dr.” lanjut Sandjaja selaku Ketua Pelaksana Penelitian SEANUTS di Indonesia.

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Elvira Manzano he use of statins – cholesterol-lowering drugs – may reduce the risk of death in patients hospitalized for influenza. In a large US study, the administration of statins to flu patients before or after hospitalization reduced mortality rates by 41 percent (odds ratio=0.59; 95% CI 0.380.92) after adjusting for age, race, cardiovascular, lung and renal disease, influenza vaccination and antiviral administration. [J Infect Dis 2012; 205:13-19] “Our findings suggest that statins are a promising area of exploration and could provide a useful adjunct to antiviral medications and vaccine, particularly in settings where circulating influenza virus strains are not susceptible to antiviral medications or vaccine is in short supply or not well matched to circulating viruses,” said study author Dr. William Schaffer, professor and chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, US. In the study, patients who received statins were more likely to be older, male and white, to suffer from cardiovascular, metabolic, renal and chronic lung disease, and to have been vaccinated against influenza. The researchers examined the 30-day mortality figures from 3,043 patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza who were admitted to US hospitals during the influenza season in 2007 and 2008. The median age of the patients was 70.4 years and 56 percent were women.

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Among the hospitalized patients, 1,013 (33.3 percent) received statins and 151 (5 percent) died within 30 days of an influenza test. Most of the deaths, however, occurred shortly after hospital discharge. Previous research has suggested that statins might have a protective effect against influenza, providing anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects that could help cut influenza-related deaths, but none of those studies limited inclusion to patients with laboratory-confirmed disease. “To our knowledge, this is the first published observational study that evaluates the relationship between statin use among patients hospitalized with influenza,” the researchers said. “Future studies should examine underlying functional status, dose and duration of statin therapy, use of statins in younger age groups, and identification of the most effective class of statins.” They suggested that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) would allow for examination of such issues and assess whether long-term prophylaxis with statins would be a worthwhile strategy in reducing morbidity and mortality from influenza. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Edward Walsh, from the Infectious Diseases Division, Rochester General Hospital in New York, US, said the findings add significantly to the slowly accumulating evidence that statins may reduce the substantial annual morbidity and mortality from influenza. However, he echoed the researchers’ call for definitive RCTs to accurately assess how statins may affect influenza.

Bethesda.87. Hormuzd Katki and Nicolas Wentzensen from the National Cancer Institute. P=0. US. clinical trials. In the second screening round. compared with women given cytology alone. HPV testing identified significantly more cancer precursors (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse (CIN2+) than cytology alone.031] in the HPV group. The researchers wanted to see if HPV testing resulted in fewer high-grade cervical lesions and cervical cancer in the second round of screening 5 years later because of earlier detection and treatment of lesions after the first round.29.” said Meijer. and routine clinical practice by providing overwhelming evidence of the benefits of inclusion of HPV testing in screening programs.10-0. HPV testing is already known to be more sensitive than cytology at detecting prectancerous high-grade cervical lesions. The trial shows that HPV testing can be implemented as a primary cervical screening test. DOI:10. in an accompanying comment. The Netherlands. [267/19999 vs. Five years later. The long screening interval also allowed the assessment of whether cervical lesions were persistent or regressive. significantly less cervical cancers and 50 percent (less) CIN3 were found in the HPV arm than in the cytology arm. 95% CI 0. They then assessed the most appropriate age for starting HPV testing.023] and cervical cancer [4/19579 vs. The study reinforces findings from cohort studies. equally randomized women to receive either HPV DNA testing and cytology or cytology alone. Amsterdam. said lead researcher Professor Chris Meijer of the department of pathology at the VU University Medical Center. RR 0.000 women aged 29 to 56 years attending routine cervical screening in the Netherlands between January 1999 and September 2002. These are the findings of the POBASCAM* trial that provide the strongest evidence so far in favor of using HPV testing in national cervical cancer screening programs.96. “After 5 years.015]. 215/20106. which results in better protection against CIN3 and cervical cancer in the second round. said Drs. In the first screen.20 February 2012 News 0. Relative Risk . which involved nearly 45. 95% CI 0. but whether this testing offers better protection in two screening rounds over a 5-year screening interval had not been investigated before. This is due to the fact that in the first screening round for HPV detects more CIN2+ than cytology. HPV and cytology testing were done on all women. “Primary prevention with the HPV Study supports HPV testing in all cervical screens Rajesh Kumar H uman papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing is the best cervical cancer screening option for women over the age of 30 as it detects earlier high-grade lesions and prevents more cervical cancers than cytology alone. [Lancet Oncology 2011. 122/19731. P=0.1016/S1470-2045(11)70296-0] The study. significantly fewer women had CIN grade 3 or worse (CIN3+) lesions [88/19579 vs.73. P=0.55-0. 14/19731.

” *POBASCAM: Population Based Screening Study Amsterdam vaccine would take many years to show its effect. US.12. [AJOG 2011. However. C. some studies have also shown that inappropriate uses of HPV testing may lead to unnecessary follow-up. Furthermore. ajog. commented Dr. Dr. recommends a landmark study by leading obstetricians. chief of the perinatology research branch of the National Institutes of Health at Wayne State University in Detroit. Singapore. interventions and increased medical costs without added benefits. DOI: 10. Vaginal progesterone reduces preterm birth Rajesh Kumar regnant women with a short cervix should be treated with vaginal progesterone to reduce the risk of preterm birth.2011. The study authors said this strategy allowed identification of women at risk for preterm delivery during their first . in an accompanying editorial. and management infrastructure. Roberto Romero. But the implementation of HPV DNA testing into the national screening programs needs further evaluation by relevant authorities.” said Dr. Michigan. Thomas J. with the use of HPV testing as an adjunct to pap smears.21 February 2012 News “How this study’s protocol of 5-yearly screening with HPV testing/pap smear would perform in our population is unclear because different populations have a different baseline cancer rates. Timothy Lim Yong Kuei. necrotizing enterocolitis and intracranial hemorrhage. The meta-analysis pooled results of five clinical trials involving 775 women and 827 infants. California.” said lead investigator Dr. co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.” All pregnant women in the middle months of pregnancy should now be offered routine vaginal ultrasound and treated with vaginal progesterone if short cervix was found.003] “Our analysis provides compelling evidence that vaginal progesterone prevents preterm birth and reduces neonatal P morbidity/mortality in (asymptomatic) women with a short cervix.1016/j. It found that treatment with vaginal progesterone in pregnant women with a sonographic short cervix of ≤25 mm in the mid-trimester was associated with a 42 percent reduced rate of preterm birth. and eventually in the rest of the world. Andrew Combs of the Obstetrix Medical Group in San Jose. has hailed the findings saying they “have the potential to [cause] a sea change in obstetrical practice in the US and Europe. consultant in the department of gynaecological oncology at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital. the incidence of cervical cancer can be reduced further by earlier detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancers. US. said Lim. compliance to follow-up. Garite. infection. 52 percent reduced rate of respiratory distress syndrome and the need for mechanical ventilation and fewer complications of premature newborns eg.

In the current study. cervical shortening may lead to the onset of preterm labor.9 million births worldwide are preterm. Latin America.” added Dr. The administration of progesterone is believed to work by maintaining a high concentration of the hormone in the uterine cervix. of which 92. said Romero. A study of vaginal progesterone in twin pregnancies with a short cervix is now urgently needed to confirm these findings in such pregnancies as well. the Clinical Calculators At Your Fingertips MIMS Consult offers over 90 must-have clinical calculators and scoring tools for iPhone and iPod Touch. Asia. A decline in progesterone action is considered to be important for the onset of labor. Since a majority of premature births occur in women with no risk factors.3 percent occur in Africa.22 February 2012 News study authors added. the study authors said. and the Caribbean. Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide and the main cause of infant mortality. “Ultrasound scans would have to be made available and gynecologists would have to be trained to perform these tests. The findings also have practical implications because vaginal progesterone is a less expensive and less invasive alternative than the placement of a cervical cerclage in patients who have had a previous preterm birth and have a short cervix. adverse events were no different in the treatment and placebo groups. regardless of any risk factors. really would depend on whether we have the necessary resources to do this. If such a decline occurs in the midtrimester. “Whether all asymptomatic women in Asia could be routinely screened for a shortened cervical length. d loa wn Do now! it pregnancy. which will require additional time and money. whereas the current strategy based on treating women with a previous preterm birth did not address the challenge of prevention in women with their first pregnancy. and follow-up studies of babies exposed to progesterone in utero to the age of 18 or 24 months showed no evidence of any behavioral or physical problems. . Christopher Ng of the GynaeMD. the approach has real potential to make an impact in the overall premature birth rate. Singapore. Approximately 12.” said Ng.

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the researchers added. The patient who partially responded to treatment had a shock reduction of more than 50 percent. which would previously occur when the devices tried to normalize irregular rhythms. four out of the six study patients completely responded with no more arrhythmias. a heart transplant. Olujimi Ajijola. [JACC 2012. a cardiology fellow at UCLA. Two of the responding patients passed away after discharge due ‘‘ We… plan to further examine the role of this procedure in suppressing arrhythmias in a larger patient population to health issues not related to arrhythmias. 59:91-92] The patients’ average age was 60 years and they were all poor candidates for B no more shocks from their ICDs.24 February 2012 News Cardiac denervation may correct abnormal heart rhythms Rajesh Kumar ilateral cardiac sympathetic denervation (BCSD) may be a useful last resort in stopping irregular ventricular arrhythmias. After the surgery. The procedure involves snipping nerves related to the sympathetic nervous system on both left and right sides of the chest. No major operative complications occurred in the patients studied. “We are encouraged by this small study’s results. US. thus stopping irregular heart rhythms. Los Angeles.” said lead author Dr. according to US cardiologists. three of the responding patients received . the patients were operated upon to snip the cardiac sympathetic nerves leading to both sides of the heart. and plan to further examine the role of this procedure in suppressing arrhythmias in a larger patient population. catheter ablation and an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) had failed. With their heart rhythms stabilized. Typical side effects related to this procedure such as alterations in sweating or temperature regulation were not significant. One patient had a partial response and one had no response at all. After conventional treatments such as medications. California. said the researchers. One of these patients had been experiencing 11 shocks a day. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) reviewed records from six patients presenting with ventricular arrhythmias in a small pilot study to assess the impact of BCSD. These nerves are responsible for the body’s “fight or flight” response and cutting them may interrupt pro-arrhythmic signaling within the heart tissue or stellate ganglion.

003). P=0. P<0. DOI:10. .31. senior consultant in the department of cardiology and director of the electrophysiology and pacing at National Heart Centre Singapore. Dr.001). the researchers sought to find out whether this impacts clinical outcomes. Bedtime dosing also demonstrated a significant reduction in risk for cardiovascular death. They then measured 48-hour ambulatory BP at baseline and 3 months after any adjustment in treatment or annually. said fortunately there are not too many patients who may require such an aggressive treatment that could play an adjuvant role to conventional therapy. The study builds on the previous work wherein the procedure was done only on the left side. revascularization. 95% CI 0. Ching said such advances in treatment modalities enable doctors to prolong Better BP control with bedtime drug dose Rajesh Kumar T aking at least one antihypertensive medication at bedtime improves control of blood pressure and reduces the risk for cardiovascular events in those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension.21 to 0. and stroke (adjusted HR 0. Each 5-mmHg decrease in mean sleep-time systolic BP was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk for cardiovascular events during follow-up (P<0. and suggested GPs should identify and refer those who may benefit from these therapies. and stroke. Commenting on the findings’ relevance.001). arterial occlusion of lower extremities.28.46. angina pectoris.1681/ ASN. While the time of taking hypertension medications can affect circadian patterns of BP.25 February 2012 News survival and improve quality of life for patients. including catheter ablation. according to the research. Total cardiovascular events were a composite of death. [J Am Soc Nephrol 2011. The patients on bedtime medication also had a significantly lower mean sleep-time BP and a greater control of their ambulatory BP (56 percent versus 45 percent. heart failure.13 to 0. a study has shown. P<0. patients who took at least one BP-lowering medication at bedtime had an adjusted risk for total cardiovascular events that was approximately one-third that of patients who took all medications upon awakening (adjusted hazard ratio 0. myocardial infarction. occlusion of the retinal artery.001). The findings add to a growing field of research into the sympathetic nervous system’s impact on stress and possible role in disease. They randomly assigned 661 patients with CKD to either take all prescribed hypertension medications on waking up or to take at least one of them at bedtime. But some patients may need the procedure performed bilaterally to get relief. 95% CI 0.4 years. myocardial infarction.2011040361] After a median follow-up of 5. Ching Chi Keong. 24 October.61.

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Nerve conduction studies were carried out initially and again after 6 months. according to data from a small pilot study. demylenation. or both are what causes pain.” the researchers said. no change in their pain. Previous studies from the same research group on peripheral neuropathy from a variety of causes. Epub ahead of print] The test group received 10 weeks of acupuncture treatments in the legs. damage to the axons. improved or stayed the same. which causes pain and difficulty walking as a result of nerve damage and can lead patients to stop chemotherapy. Patients were asked to rate whether their pain had worsened. All 11 patients received appropriate care otherwise. Six of those 11 patients agreed to undergo acupuncture treatments while the remaining five served as controls. Currently. The study included 192 patients diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy based on nerve conduction studies. including diabetes.27 February 2012 News Acupuncture improves chemo-induced pain Radha Chitale C ancer patients who develop peripheral neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy may be able to turn to acupuncture to relieve their pain. there are no effective treatments for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). taxanes. Eleven of those patients were identified as having CIPN as the underlying cause of pain. vinca alkaloids and platinum compounds are most frequently associated with peripheral neuropathy. They received no other pain treatments except carbamazepine or pregabalin during the observation period. Among chemotherapy drugs. “These findings are of special significance since PN is otherwise almost untreatable but seems to respond to treatment by acupuncture. “One may speculate that repeated therapeutic interventions with acupuncture over a period of 10 weeks improves the symptomatic state of peripheral neuropathy and also induces a normalization of histological morphology. The remaining patients reported A small pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be effective in alleviating chemotherapyinduced peripheral neuropathy.” the researchers . They were receiving chemotherapy for different types of cancer. Five out of the six patients receiving acupuncture treatments and two out of five control patients reported an improved condition. Though peripheral neuropathy can have many causes. showed that a few months of acupuncture improved nerve conduction in threefourths of patients. [Acupunct Med 2011 Dec 5.

The number of episodes per personyear did not differ significantly between patients on therapy in each test group (22.” said researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle. US. Epub before print] “The discrepancy between potent suppression of clinical symptoms and failure of antiviral agents to fully prevent HSV transmission is not well understood.4 percent of a total collected 23. or standard valaciclovir or high-dose 1 g valaciclovir three times daily (N=50). nonrandomized study support further objective study on the use of acupuncture for CIPN.5 for standard valaciclovir vs high-dose valaciclovir. 5. P=0. 4.9 vs 16. standard 500 mg valaciclovir daily or high-dose 800 mg aciclovir three times daily (N=31). HIVseronegative adult patients included in the three trials had been randomized to receive either no medication or standard 400 mg aciclovir twice daily (N=32).2 for standard valaciclovir vs high-dose acyclovir.001). [Lancet Jan 2012.to 7-week study period.605 swabs tested HSV-2 positive. “Infection with HSV-2 is a global epidemic and significantly increases the risk of HIV-1 acquisition. said. 14.1 vs 1.” the researchers said. These bursts of reactivity lasted between a median of 7-10 hours for any sort of treatment and 13 hours for no treatment. P=0.8 vs.5 vs. The patients collected genital swabs A four times daily over a 4.54. 3. Across the trials.6 vs 20.7 vs 10 for no medication vs standard acyclovir.28 February 2012 News positive results from this non-blinded. P=0. Acupuncture may also increase blood flow and promote nerve healing.2 percent among patients taking standard valaciclovir or high-dose acyclovir.” A total of 113 HSV-2-seropositive. Three complementary studies on patients infected with HSV-2 controlled with medication showed that short bursts of viral reactivation and shedding occur subclinically. Washington. and 5.3 percent among patients taking standard valaciclovir or high-dose valaciclovir. “Intensive genital secretion collection shows that HSV shedding episodes are three-times more frequent than was previously realized. . The researchers concluded that the High-dose antivirals don’t prevent HSV-2 transmission Radha Chitale nti-viral drugs do not prevent viral shedding — and thus infection transmission — in patients infected with herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV-2) even in high doses. 4.2 percent among patients taking no medication or standard acyclovir.034) but were more frequent in patients not taking medication (28. a 1-week washout period and a second crossover study period for a within-person shedding rate comparison. Respectively. shedding frequency was 18.

no sigStatistically significant reductions in nificant changes in the COPD mortality COPD mortality rates in the months of rate were found in any month following January (RR 0. to be deployed on a large enough scale. the amendments.1093/ COPD who had received seasonal flu jabs had a lower eurpub/ckr172] death rate than those who had not. according to a Japanese study. 95% CI 0. .81–0. rate in this age group. these findings “should encourage patients to use condoms and adopt safe sex practices.84.” they said. However. But according to experts from the University of Montpellier in France in an accompanying comment. such treatments would have to have good coverage and long-term adherence in order to substantially prevent transmission. 95% CI 0. The vaccination coverage among the elderly saw a rapid increase in Japan after the country’s government amended the preventive vaccination law in November 2001 to specify all ≥65-year-olds as the target population for influenza vaccinations.89) and age to evaluate how the amendment had March (RR 0. 95% CI 0. [Eur A study in Japan revealed that older patients with J Public Health 2011. The researchers analyzed national data on the number of monthly COPD deaths from 1995 to 2009 by gender and February (RR 0. This ambitious goal is “unlikely to be Flu vaccination reduces COPD deaths in elderly Rajesh Kumar M andatory preventive vaccination against seasonal influenza can reduce the mortality rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among those aged ≥65 years during influenza outbreaks. especially since an increase of the treatment dose would not further reduce the risk of transmission.85.88).88–0.96) were affected the nationwide COPD mortality observed after amendments to the law. New antiherpetic drug development could help counteract bursts of shedding. Given the high prevalence of HSV-2.29 February 2012 News met” due to the scale of infection — about 20 percent of the general population — and low clinical need for symptomatic therapy in most patients. DOI: 10. in those aged <65 years.81–0.92.

In the double-blind. unpublished trial will have clinical impacts but is unlikely to change practice in the near future. aspirin is a valid alternative to oral anticoagulants in the extended treatment of VTE During the study treatment period. respectively (5. the worst .02).000 people in North America alone. outcome of which could be fatal intracranial embolism. assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Perugia in Italy. Becattini said.to 18-month period of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin. This was the first observed benefit of aspirin in this application. The researchers excluded patients with high bleeding risk. said Dr. placebocontrolled event-driven Warfasa study. aspirin is a valid alternative to oral anticoagulants in the extended treatment of VTE. Cecilia Becattini. By contrast. a 100 mg daily dose of aspirin. practicality and low cost. those with hip fractures and in post-menopausal women on estroprogestin therapy. VTE recurrence occurred in 27 of 205 patients randomized to aspirin and in 42 out of 197 patients randomized to placebo (6. She noted that VTE occurs in 800.30 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. administered following a 6. San Diego.3 percent versus 11 percent patient-years). US Aspirin reduces the risk of blood clots in VTE patients Radha Chitale A spirin alone reduced the incidence of recurrent blood clots in patients who suffered their first venous thromboembolism (VTE). This sequence occurs in up to 60 percent of VTE patients and can be fatal in 20 percent of those cases. as further studies are necessary to confirm the benefits of aspirin in patients at risk for VTEs. bleeding risk associated with aspirin is lower than 1 percent per year. Prior reports on the anticoagulant efficacy of aspirin in patients who already suffered a VTE event have been conflicting. 10-13 December 2011.” Becattini said. VTE occurred in 23 and 39 patients taking aspirin or placebo. active bleeding or indications for indefinite anticoagulant therapy. This preliminary. which involved patients with a first-ever VTE. However it needs frequent dose adjustment and is associated with bleeding risk. effective anticoagulant for use in VTE patients.9 percent and 11 percent patient-years). One fatal event occurred in each group and bleeding events were similar between both. according to a recently reported trial. randomized. ‘‘ For its safety. making it a challenging treatment option for patients in need of long-term antithrombotic therapy. reduced the risk of another event by 40 percent compared to placebo over 2 years (P=0. “For its safety. practicality and low cost. Emboli fragments may separate and enter pulmonary circulation. California. Warfarin is a common. Aspirin is known to prevent DVT in high risk patients.

for instance. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.” The AAV has proved to be a promising vector for FIX gene delivery. chairman of the department of surgery at St. They now plan to treat more patients at the high dose of vector without giving them immunosuppression. the normal site of FIX synthesis. The researchers used as a vector the adeno-associated virus (AAV) that is endemic to humans but does not cause a disease and inserted in it a normal copy of the FIX gene before infusing the virus into severe hemophilia B patients. Six patients were equally divided to receive low. . Andrew Davidoff. This gene transfer approach replaced the defective gene that causes the disorder with a correct version in the patient’s liver cells. Tennessee. said co-researcher Dr. Insufficient amount of this protein prevents blood from clotting normally. Such moderate increases in FIX levels can significantly impact patients’ symptoms and quality of life. causing prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery or. even fatal spontaneous bleeding without trauma. the patients’ vector-mediated levels of FIX rose from <1 percent of R normal levels before the therapy to between 2 and 12 percent of normal levels. It can transduce liver very efficiently and is less likely to stimulate an immune response to transduced cells than other vectors since no viral proteins are expressed. Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder that is caused by defective or missing recombinant factor IX (FIX). Immune-mediated clearance of the AAVtransduced liver cells appeared as a concern. California. UK. 10-13 December 2011. in case of severe hemophilia. “We have developed a vector for gene transfer that is more efficient and effective than traditional treatment for patients with severe hemophilia B by preventing spontaneous bleeding in this high risk patient population. without prior immune suppressant therapy. while the remaining two increased time interval between their FIX infusions. stopped prophylactic treatment and remained free of spontaneous bleeding. Nathwani later added. US Promising gene therapy cure for hemophilia Rajesh Kumar esearchers have successfully tested a potential cure for severe hemophilia B in six patients using gene therapy.” said lead researcher Dr. US. “Our novel approach shows promise for improved gene therapy for hemophilia B and other protein deficiencies. Amit Nathwani of the department of hematology at the UCL Cancer Institute in London. but researchers said this process could be controlled with a short course of steroids without loss of transgene expression. Four of the 6 study patients. It affects one in 30.31 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. San Diego. said the researchers. so patients could make their own FIX. saying this facilitates long-term expression of the FIX transgene following a single administration. At a follow up for 6 to 16 months post-treatment. intermediate and high doses of the vector carrying a normal copy of the FIX gene through an intravenous infusion in the arm.000 men who require regular infusions of the protein.

“BTK is a central mediator of B-cell receptor signaling essential for normal B-cell development. with 10 percent considered potentially related to treatment. occurred in 38 percent of patients. An early analysis of the phase Ib/II study showed PCI-32765 to be “highly active and tolerable” in patients with CLL. fatigue. researchers concluded that PCI-32765 was associated with high rates of 6-month progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with relapsed CLL. induces apoptosis and inhibits cellular migration and adhesion in malignant B-cells. an orally-administered irreversible inhibitor of BTK.” explained lead author Professor Susan O’Brien of the Department of Leukemia. San Diego. The majority of patients also experienced a transient high lymphocyte count during the first 2 months of treatment that resolved over time. US Novel BTK inhibitor holds potential in CLL Michael Kaufman pdated findings from a multicenter phase Ib/II clinical trial. nausea. Patients in the 420 mg arm had a median of three prior treatment regimens vs a median of five in the 840 mg arm. PCI-32765. California. Two patients discontinued the trial because of adverse events. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Houston.32 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. represented by a ≥50 percent reduction in lymph node size but with some lymph nodules persisting. suggest that the novel Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor PCI-32765 may be an important new targeted treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Seventy-two percent U of participating patients had at least one poor-risk molecular feature. 10-13 December 2011. The researchers emphasized that 82 percent of patients remain on treatment. whereas 8 percent have experienced progressive disease. and 44 percent of patients in the 840 mg cohort achieved an OR at 6-month follow-up. Two cohorts of patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) CLL/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) were treated with PCI32765 at daily doses of either 420 mg (n=27) or 840 mg (n=34) for 28-day cycles until disease progression. and skin bruising. The most frequently reported adverse events were mild and included diarrhea. This makes it a primary target for research on B-cell malignancies such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). At 10-month followup. Serious adverse events (SAEs). presented at the 2011 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition. Longer term follow-up was presented by O’Brien. 70 percent of patients in the 420 mg treatment group achieved an objective response (OR) to therapy (previously reported as 48 percent). In the current analysis. which is . and six required dose reduction. which are common among this immune-compromised patient population. An additional 19 percent of the 420 mg cohort and 35 percent of the 840 mg cohort had a “nodal partial response”.

com Log on today! CLINICAL PAPERS PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION PILL IDENTIFIER PATIENT EDUCATION DRUG INTERACTION CHECKER MEDICAL NEWS 100% pure knowledge MEDICAL EVENTS PUBMED CME .” said O’Brien.33 February 2012 Conference Coverage 6-month PFS in R/R CLL/ SLL.” said O’Brien. “This is a big deal in CLL because one of the biggest problems we have with treatment is that all the treatments we have are chemo-based. California. 10-13 December 2011. San Diego. “Our results suggest that PC-32765 has the potential to be highly effective and tolerable. appears to be working well in patients with poor prognoses. and. 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. “As we become better equipped to target specific cellular functions.mims. Phase III trials of PCI-32765 in CLL/ SLL are planned.” which are of special concern in patients with CLL who are already immunocompromised. www. US another typical characteristic of treatment in this patient group. and the biggest complication with practically every agent we have is myelosuppression and infection. “One of the most exciting things about agents like PCI-32765 is that they are not myelosuppressive. more importantly. it is our hope that therapies like PCI-32765 will become effective interventions to manage disease in patients with CLL.” The investigators concluded that PCI32765 is well tolerated with high rates of The Complete Solution Innovations in workflow tools for smarter prescribing.

US Gemtuzumab: Potential new use for old drug Anna Azvolinsky A phase III trial comparing the use of gemtuzumab ozogamicin combined with chemotherapy vs chemotherapy alone in newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients provides evidence that the combination treatment may be promising in this patient population.34 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. 4. In the presented study. San Diego. the current phase III trial utilized a 3. The benefit was seen in all age groups and translated into a longer overall survival (OS) for patients treated with the combination. 10-13 December 2011.6 months. Using relatively low and frequently repeated doses together with standard chemotherapy may be a viable option for the treatment of older adults aged 50 to 70 years. Gemtuzumab ozogamicin is a monoclonal antibody to CD33 that is linked to a calicheamicin.9 months compared with 19.6 percent in the chemotherapy arm compared to 41. 3 regimen based on in vitro observations and validation in two subsequent phase II trials. Further clinical trials and post-marketing data that did not show any evidence of a clinical benefit in patients with AML compared to conventional chemotherapy – particularly. mature hematopoietic First-line treatment with gemtuzumab ozogamicin was shown to improve survival in newly-diagnosed AML patients. arabinofuranosyl cytidine. Median EFS was 11. the SWOG S0106 trial – led to the withdrawal of the treatment. Because a phase II trial determined that the 9 mg/m2 BID dose could not be safely combined with chemotherapy. A dose of 3 mg/m2 gemtuzumab ozogamicin was given on days 1.4 percent in the combination arm. stem cells. which is expressed on AML cells. Average OS was 19 months in the chemotherapy arm and 34 months in the combination therapy arm. 3. a cytotoxic agent. in the chemotherapy and combination arms. . suggesting that this drug was not studied in the correct patient population and at the appropriate dose previously. and 7 of treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy. California. gemtuzumab was used upfront in newly diagnosed AML patients. event-free survival (EFS) was 15. Gemtuzumab was originally approved by the US FDA through an accelerated process in 2000 for patients older than 60 years after a first relapse in AML. The results showed a benefit in this initial treatment and a survival benefit. It binds to CD33. but not on normal. At 2-year follow up. and daunorubicin. respectively. There were also toxicities increasing mortality particularly in younger patients.

ORR by central blinded radiology review was 44. for 4 weeks. However. 10-13 December 2011. At the end of the induction phase. non-follicular indolent NHL. two noted as fatal. The rate of fatal adverse events potentially attributed to treatment was 2 percent higher in the gemtuzumab ozogamicin plus chemotherapy arm compared with chemotherapy alone. and liver events. Canada.” stated Professor Sylvie Castaigne of the Department of Hematology. ORR by investigator assessment in the FL population showed no . obinutuzumab showed higher response rates than rituximab in patients with follicular lymphoma (FL). daunorubicin plus gemtuzumab ozogamicin arm. The patients were randomly assigned to receive rituximab 375 mg/m2 IV weekly or obinutuzumab 1 g IV weekly. In the ongoing. open-label GAUSS study (Randomized Phase II Trial Comparing GA101 [Obinutuzumab] With Rituximab in Patients With Relapsed CD20+ Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma). with lower complement-dependent cytotoxicity. it showed a better ability than rituximab to cause cell death and invoke cellular immune response.01]. N=149. Hôpital de Versailles in Versailles. bleeding. CD20-positive indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) as a phase II study showed a slightly higher overall response rate (ORR) in induction therapy than the currently available anti-CD20 antibody rituximab. Thrombocytopenia was New therapy improves ORR in relapsed indolent NHL Christina Lau O binutuzumab may provide a new treatment option for patients with relapsed. There was no difference in non-hematologic events including sepsis.35 February 2012 Conference Coverage greater with gemtuzumab ozogamicin.7 percent in rituximab-treated FL patients [p=0. France. patients without disease progression continued with maintenance therapy on the same drug and dose every 2 months for up to 2 years. California. Laurie Sehn of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.” reported Dr. US Treatment with the combination increased toxicities. 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.6 percent in obinutuzumab-treated FL patients vs 26. “At the end of induction. “Safety was a major issue. Three episodes of veno-occlusive disease or sinusoidal obstructive syndrome (liver vein blockages) were observed in the arabinofuranosyl cytidine. cardiac events. The study included 175 patients with relapsed CD20-positive NHL (FL. N=26) who had a prior response to a rituximab-containing regimen lasting ≥6 months. San Diego. In preclinical studies. Genentech) is the first type II glycoengineered CD20 monoclonal antibody in phase II/III clinical trials for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and nonHodgkin’s lymphoma. who presented the study. Obinutuzumab (GA101. as was persistent thrombocytopenia.

10 percent). OS was superior in patients receiving chemotherapy alone (hazard ratio [HR]=0.04. “New proxies that predict for the risks of late treatment effects are needed.” said Sehn. Those in the STNI group with a favorable risk profile received STNI only.88. Ralph Meyer of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group.91.” noted Meyer.08). 92 percent of patients initially treated with STNI were disease free (vs 87 percent in the chemotherapy alone group. HR=1. 44. 10-13 December 2011.3 percent. The primary endpoint was 12-year OS. Chemo alone tops radiation in Hodgkin’s lymphoma Christina Lau or patients with limited-stage non-bulky Hodgkin’s lymphoma. San Diego. US statistically significant difference between treatments (obinutuzumab. P=0. At a median follow-up of 11. The results also showed no difference in progression-free survival in the FL population.4 months. with 39.3 months. 8 percent vs rituximab. According to Dr. At 12 years. 33.” 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. California. The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) Clinical Trials Group and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group study included 405 patients with previously untreated stage IA or IIA non-bulky disease to receive ABVD chemotherapy (doxorubicin. while those with an unfavorable risk profile received two cycles of ABVD plus STNI. bleomycin. P=0.2 percent of obinutuzumabtreated patients having an event at a median time to event of 17.3 years. P=0.36 February 2012 Conference Coverage Obinutuzumab was well tolerated in the overall population of GAUSS. P=0. vinblastine and dacarbazine) or subtotal nodal irradiation (STNI). more patients died due to a second cancer vs those treated with chemotherapy alone.5. vs 34.7 percent of rituximab-treated patients at a median time to event of 17.” . “GAUSS is the first head-to-head trial to compare the safety and efficacy of the two anti-CD20 antibodies. 12-year OS estimates. Event-free survival was similar. the survival advantage with chemotherapy resulted from fewer deaths from causes other than Hodgkin’s lymphoma. according to final results of a phase III Canadian–US study. “Although 5-year data showed that patients treated with STNI experienced greater disease control.” he said.06). at 80 percent for STNI vs 85 percent for chemotherapy alone (HR=0.05). “There are limitations in using freedom from disease progression as a proxy measure for OS when late treatment effects may occur.6 percent vs rituximab. “Phase III trials are underway to test obinutuzumab in combination with chemotherapy. chemotherapy alone is more effective than radiation therapy in improving overall survival (OS) in the long run. with no significant differences in treatment discontinuation due to adverse events (obinutuzumab. 94 percent F for chemotherapy alone vs 87 percent for STNI).

they were able to find that patients who do not respond to Scientists have discovered that MM patients with low/no cereblon expression do not respond to immunomodulators. US. Arizona. or if thalidomide and its analogs – lenalidomide and pomalidomide – exert clinical benefits on multiple myeloma patients through the cereblon. However. The discovery prompted Stewart and colleagues to test if cereblon may be responsible for IMiD response or resistance. San Diego. “[It] will allow us to focus on other ways we can target cereblon as a possible biomarker to improve treatment and patient outcomes in multiple myeloma. with 65 to 78 percent reduction in viability. immunomodulators had low or zero cereblon expression. 10-13 December 2011. the surviving myeloma cells became highly resistant to lenalidomide and pomalidomide. A new study of myeloma patients resistant to the iMiD lenalidomide showed that they had lower levels of or no cereblon compared to control lines.37 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. .118: 4771-4779] “These findings help us understand which patients may be more or less likely to respond to therapy. dexamethasone and melphalan. research has shown.” said study author Professor Keith Stewart.” Last year. Japanese researchers were able to identify cereblon as the molecular target of lenalidomide’s parent drug thalidomide. US Protein offers clues to drug treatment response in multiple myeloma Elvira Manzano A n absence of the protein cereblon may be associated with poor response to immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) in patients with multiple myeloma. [Blood 2011. but not to other anti-myeloma drugs such as bortezomib. By analyzing gene expression of myeloma cell lines. dean for research in the hematology-oncology division of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Knocking down CRBN in IMiD-sensitive cell lines was initially cytotoxic to myeloma cells. California.

Dr. suggesting that there are other factors that create resistance. San Diego. Lead researcher Professor Brad Kahl. Treatment continued until failure. professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. suggesting a common link between Rituximab retreatment promising in lymphoma sub-type Radha Chitale A rituximab retreatment strategy was as effective as maintenance therapy for managing patients with low tumor burden follicular lymphoma. responders were randomized to maintenance therapy. of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Following weekly 375 mg/m2 doses of rituximab for 1 month. US “Gene expression changes induced by lenalidomide were dramatically suppressed in the presence of CRBN depletion.” Stewart said. some patients who did not respond to lenalidomide had low levels of CRBN. a single dose of rituximab every 3 months. Treatment with lenalidomide and CRBN depletion also reduced interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) expression in myeloma cells.38 February 2012 Conference Coverage IMiDs and cereblon function. “Our data suggest that CRBN is a critical molecule.” The trial compared the two strategies in 384 patients with low tumor burden follicular lymphoma. The authors also suggest that IMiDs be renamed cereblon-binding molecules to more accurately reflect their mechanism of action. researchers reported. Interestingly. US. “This work suggests that we can begin to isolate the cause of birth defects from the anti-cancer properties in order to develop safer drugs in the future. or retreatment. Illinois. initiation of alternative therapy or the inability to complete the treatment protocol. 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Wisconsin. but not the unique source of IMiD resistance in this patient population. further demonstrating that CRBN is essential for lenalidomide activity. defined as disease progression within 6 months of the last rituximab dose. 10-13 December 2011. California. Jane Winter. said retreatment could be “a very favorable therapy from the patient’s point of view because it is very safe and tolerable compared with other… chemotherapy. in which patients were given four weekly doses at disease progression. US. . nonresponse to therapy.” Stewart said. commented that these developments are important clues that will lay the groundwork for the development of new agents and provided new insights as to what mechanisms are at work in patients who do not respond to therapy.” Stewart said. Maintenance required four times as much rituximab over the course of the trial period before treatment failure compared to the retreatment strategy.

8 doses versus 4. Kahl said this may not be appropriate in patients with a high tumor burden as monotherapy is unlikely to control their disease. Both regimens were well tolerated with Downlo ad it now! CLINICAL CALCULATORS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS MIMS Consult offers over 90 must-have clinical calculators And scoring tools for iPhone and iPod Touch. quality of life and safety.8 years. Both arms offered better results than the historical watch-and-wait approach. Kahl said. which the researchers said is associated with an average of 3 years before further chemotherapy treatment. Time-efficient Scoring Instant Result .80). respectively. There was little difference in quality of life between the two arms. time to treatment failure in the maintenance arm was 3. One death was reported in each arm. However.6 years in the rituximab retreatment arm (P=0.9 years and 3. Over a median follow up of 3. It is still unclear whether watchful waiting. Browse By Category 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Secondary endpoints were time to first chemotherapy. 10-13 December 2011.” Though retreatment is their recommended strategy over maintenance in patients with low tumor burden follicular lymphoma. At 3 years. rituximab or chemotherapy is best for overall survival in follicular lymphoma patients. 95 percent of patients on maintenance rituximab and 86 percent of rituximab retreatment patients had avoided chemotherapy (P=0. US The primary endpoint was time to treatment failure.39 February 2012 Conference Coverage minimal toxicity. “What we were really trying to get at was whether there was a psychological advantage to being placed in remission and maintained there — does that help lessen anxiety” relative to going in and out of remission.5 doses. an average of 15. San Diego. “Our analysis so far shows there is no quality of life benefit for the maintenance strategy relative to retreatment. California. the small improvement in chemotherapy represented significantly more medication in the maintenance arm compared to the retreatment arm.027).

from 3 to 4 March at the Raffles City Convention Centre. including acute leukemias. Singapore. “Overall. US Highlights of ASH coming to Asia in March Elvira Manzano he American Society of Hematology (ASH) is bringing the 2012 Highlights of ASH® in Asia to Singapore next month to showcase the latest research and clinical advances in hematology. and exhibits.” he concluded. National University Cancer Institute. Chinese Society of Hematology (CSH). experts will present their analysis of hematology news and research presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of ASH held in the US recently. Indian Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (ISHBT).” Chng said the goal is to bring ASH to different countries in Asia and use it as an opportunity to foster interaction and collaboration among physicians and researchers at the Asian level. from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. bone marrow failure and myeloma. California. T . novel treatments for relapsed/ refractory chronic immune thrombocytopenia. Topics to be covered during the 2-day event. Highlights of ASH® in Asia will also feature lectures. They will present some of these abstracts and bring forward the relevance of what these abstracts will do in terms of change of practice using illustrative case examples. Attendees can also look forward to exciting lectures on thalassemia. the meeting is presented in partnership with the CSI. will include evolving therapies in hematology. Singapore (NCIS). Sponsored by ASH. National University Cancer Institute. Korean Society of Hematology (KSH). thrombosis and anti-coagulation and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Japanese Society of Hematology (JSH). National University of Singapore (NUS). and consultant at the Department of Haematology-Oncology. panel discussions. myeloproliferative diseases. disorders of hemostasis. NUS. lunch with the experts. Fellows and trainees can also discuss patient cases with leaders in the field and gain knowledge applicable to Asian context. At the meeting. senior principal investigator at the Cancer Science Institute (CSI) of Singapore. 10-13 December 2011. Highlights of ASH® in Asia program co-chair Associate Professor Chng Wee Joo. Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Hematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ). and their clinical implications. it’s going to be beneficial in all levels. Discussions will focus on blood diseases. described the event as a unique educational opportunity for participants to exchange information and ideas. the latest treatment options. Hematology Society of Taiwan. Singapore.40 February 2012 Conference Coverage 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. said Chng “[The nominated experts have gone] through all the abstracts presented at ASH and [selected those] that are more relevant to Asia. Singapore Society of Hematology (SSH) and Thai Society of Hematology (TSH). San Diego.

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However.42 February 2012 Oncology Novel therapies offer hope to patients with multiple myeloma Radha Chitale N ew drugs and therapeutic regimes may slow the rate of disease progression and improve overall survival in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). who moderated an MM panel workshop. a blood cancer associated with a typically poor prognosis. US and co-founder of the International Myeloma Foundation. MM is an incurable blood cancer and each year it causes about 10. a cancer of plasma cells that create tumors in bone marrow and damages blood cell and platelet production. are increasingly benefiting from longer term treatment regimens and novel agents. have a poor track record when it comes to survival — typically 2 to 3 years following diagnosis.” according to experts who presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. lenalidomide (Revlimid®.500 deaths. Two landmark trials described the use of long-term maintenance treatment with the novel agents lenalidomide. US. Meanwhile. in MM patients. Brian Durie of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Long-term maintenance therapies Patients with multiple myeloma. Janssen) have improved survival rates. Patients with MM. and bortezomib.000 cases. the annual incidence of MM is over 20. The rationale for maintenance therapy is to prevent residual cancer cells from proliferating following treatment completion or during a break in active therapy. in the last decade. an immunomodulatory compound. even those who are “exquisitely vulnerable. “We’ve seen the use of these drugs moving as part of the treatment paradigm but [now are] used in conjunction with other treatment modalities… with the added benefit of novel combinations” said Dr. novel agents such as thalidomide. a proteasome inhibitor. which is when many patients are vulnerable to disease recurrence and progression. Celgene) and bortezomib (Velcade®. held recently in San Diego. clinicians continue to explore new ways of using these and other drugs to benefit patients with this form of blood cancer. California. A phase III study involving 459 patients with newly diagnosed MM ineligible for . California. In the US. Though treatable.

though there was a trend towards prolonged OS in the VT maintenance arm.006).133). infections and bone pain. Adverse events included some peripheral neuropathy in both groups with slightly more in the VT group. median age 73 years. or melphalan and prednisone plus placebo followed by continuous placebo (MP). After a median 46 months of follow up. thrombocytopenia. the primary endpoint. Antonio Palumbo of the Italian Multiple Myeloma Study Group and the University of Turin in Italy. “This bortezomib-based maintenance regime represents an attractive platform for further optimization of the treatment of elderly myeloma patients. Median OS was 60 months in the VP arm and has not yet been reached in the VT arm. Over a median 20 months of maintenance therapy. Led by Dr. OS was not significantly different between the maintenance therapy groups. melphalan and prednisone followed by continuous lenalidomide (MPR-R). which occurred more frequently compared to the MP group. the former being associated with a 70 percent reduction in risk of disease progression compared with the latter. using probably novel agents. Patients were followed to see how long remission might last.43 February 2012 Oncology prednisone (VP) were evaluated in elderly MM patients. the benefits of maintenance therapy with bortezomib in conjunction with thalidomide (VT) or . with untreated MM were randomized to receive an induction phase with six cycles of bortezomib. up from 24 percent after induction.001). thalidomide and prednisone (VTP) followed by maintenance with either VT or VP for up to 3 years. but with an acceptable safety profile to allow most patients to proceed to maintenance therapy. median PFS was 39 months in the VT arm and 32 months in the VP arm. in a pre-specified subgroup of patients younger than 75. The researchers did not report evidence of toxicity in patients on lenalidomide alone. P=0. Maria-Victoria Mateos of the University Hospital of Salamanca in Spain. MPR followed by placebo. melphalan and prednisone (VcMP) or bortezomib. treatment of MM involved a fixed number of cycles of these novel agents (lenalidomide or bortezomib) plus chemotherapy to reduce the tumor burden. the study researchers randomized patients to receive either a combination of lenalidomide. anemia. though these were below normal incidence rates. VT or VP improved the complete response rate to 42 percent. MPR-R was associated with a median PFS of 31 months versus 12 months for MP (P<0. Previously. In another phase III study. by reducing the adverse events and potentially improving the efficacy and especially the overall mortality. There was also a trend towards extended overall survival (OS) over 4 years with the continuous lenalidomide-based regimen (69 percent versus 58 percent with MP.” said lead researcher Dr. as well as some second primary malignancies. A total of 260 patients. PFS was 15 months among those in the MPR induction group compared with 12 months in the MP group (P=0. “Now there is a new paradigm which includes potential and reality of benefit stem cell transplant has reported that maintenance therapy improved progression-free survival (PFS). MPR induction resulted in some adverse events including neutropenia.

carfilzomib. US. those with recurrent refractive myeloma that do not respond to therapies are at even greater risk and may require novel drugs for subsequent treatment courses.6 months in the pomalidomide only arm. Median OS was also similar: 14. respectively. most importantly for our patients. we saw encouraging progression through survival and.4 months in the pomalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone arm and 13.44 February 2012 Oncology Median PFS.6 months in the pomalidomide plus lowdose dexamethasone arm compared with 2. This new therapy binds and holds its proteasome target longer than bortezomib. Texas.” Durie said. Median duration of response was similar between the arms – about 8 months. “The good news is that because this is not only a very active combination but also a well tolerated one. and minor response was 45 percent and 29 percent. Previous studies showed the drug to be well tolerated and had about a 25 percent response rate among those with relapsed from continuous therapy. Median survival in this population is about 9 months with normal therapy. promises another proteasome inhibitor to add to the cache of therapies for MM. adding that given the high quality response in highly vulnerable patients. A second new drug. The drug had activity in patients who demonstrated prior resistance to lenalidomide and bortezomib.” said Richardson in his presentation.6 months in those treated with pomalidomide alone. . New generation therapies Among the cohort of MM patients who already have high mortality rates within a few years. which makes it more active against multiple myeloma. Paul Richardson of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. respectively. “This continuous therapy is possible because the therapy we have is quite tolerable. US. was 4. partial response was seen in 34 percent and 13 percent of patients. A phase II trial of the third generation immunomodulatory drug pomalidomide in combination with low-dose dexamethasone demonstrated an improvement in survival to nearly 17 months in patients with relapsed and refractory MM. The study population included 221 patients who had undergone at least two prior treatment regimes that included at least two cycles of lenalidomide or bortezomib separately or together. In the pomalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone and pomalidomide arms. said Dr. Massachusetts. Both arms showed a 1 percent complete response to therapy. he hopes comparative trials on pomalidomide will help to get it approved for treating patients soon. Therapy discontinuation was mainly the result of progressive disease. the primary end point. said Dr. Robert Orlowski of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.” One of the drawbacks of prolonged therapy with early myeloma drugs was intense nerve pain due to peripheral neuropathy. “[Pomalidomide] combines the best of lenalidomide and puts it together with thalidomide. we saw very attractive overall survival.” Richardson said. Patients were randomized to receive pomalidomide alone or pomalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone. a serious side effect which is less commonly associated with the newer drugs.

National University of Singapore Cancer Science Institute of Singapore Department of Haematology-Oncology. is that they have clear benefits to patient survival as well as being well tolerated. The nice thing about therapies like lenalidomide and bortezomib. we know the incidence of multiple myeloma is lower than in the US and that important disease abnormalities appear to be the same. patients were able to receive higher doses Perspectives on Myeloma Associate Professor Chng Wee Joo Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.45 February 2012 Oncology of carfilzomib without increased side effects and a better overall response rate — 60 percent — in 2. We’d like to have everybody achieve remission right at the beginning.” Orlowski said. we are also looking into maintenance therapy with novel and emerging therapies and there may be trials in this area.” In a small study. The beauty about treating MM is that the novel agents keep coming – even more will come in the next 5 years. “We’d like to be able to have no patients relapse with myeloma eventually.930 patients with relapsed disease. reviewing the data during the ASH. which improves quality of life. meaning that not only will patients have a better response but they may also have a better quality of life after treatment. Compared to shorter intravenous infusions. I . refractory MM.” Orlowski said. Singapore n Asia. As the thinking behind treatment has evolved. Orlowski said clinicians may be able to achieve greater than 100 percent partial remission up front. what combinations or sequences to try and which patients will benefit the most. National University Cancer Institute. in the Asia Pacific region. non-toxic and can be given in outpatient settings. as well. “And anytime we can improve responses and quality of life. the overall response rate for single-agent carfilzomib was between 42 and 52 percent. I think that’s a big win for patients with multiple myeloma. The challenge will be to understand how to use them. If the results of this type of 30-minute infusion can be confirmed in larger. which are not truly novel now. comparative studies. “Carfilzomib appears to be a drug that has much less ability to induce these symptoms. In bortezomib-naïve patients with relapsed. Groups like the Asia Myeloma Network are pioneering epidemiological research to understand whether certain genetic subtypes or those with high-risk disease are more or less common here compared to the US. But that is about it. carfilzomib appears to be less prone to causing peripheral neuropathy. and refractory MM. carfilzomib was delivered to patients via a 30-minute infusion. And unlike other drugs.

COCs have long been used off-label for dysmenorrhea but a Cochrane review found only small evidence for efficacy. which involved 2. Fifty to 75 percent of young women suffer from dysmenorrhea. P<0.” Lindh said.1 units in VMS score. [Hum Reprod 2012. “Information about the effects of COC use on painful periods should be included in contraceptive counseling… Women who experience a beneficial effect other than contraception. which meant that they suffered less pain. improved walking ability with a decrease in the need for analgesics.102 women aged 19 at baseline.” She did however admit that the study should be confirmed by a placebo-controlled randomized trial to assess the efficacy of COCs as a primary outcome measure. In the US.” the authors said. “In this … study. it has been estimated to account for 600 million lost working hours and a cost to the economy of around US$2 billion due to lost productivity a year. significantly lower severity of dysmenorrhea at 5-year follow-up.” said Lindh. [P<0.01) but this was not fully analyzed as very few women had given birth between the ages of 19 and 24 in this study. use of COC and increas- ‘‘ Information about the effects of COC use on painful periods should be included in contraceptive counseling ing age. Childbirth was another factor that influenced severity of menstrual pain (with a reduction of 7 mm in VAS. are more likely to continue with the pill.these effects were small compared to those seen with the pill.” said lead study author Dr.3-unit reduction on the verbal multidimensional scoring (VMS) system for rating pain compared with non-users (P<0. DOI:10.0001] “We found that there was a significant difference in the severity of dysmenorrhea depending on whether or not the women used oral contraceptives.0001). who is a nurse and a midwife. COC use was also associated with a 9-mm reduction in pain as measured on a 10-cm visual analogs scale (VAS). with a mean 0. In the study. However. reduced the severity of dysmenorrhea.0001). casecontrol study conducted in Sweden.1093/humrep/der417] “[This] means that every third woman went one step down on the VMS scale. “It’s good for women to know that there are some benefits of the pill. for instance from severe pain to moderate pain. Increasing age was also associated with decreased severity of symptoms (reduction of 0. such as reduction in dysmenorrhea.46 February 2012 Contraception Combined oral contraceptive pill helps ease painful periods Elvira Manzano aking birth control pills may offer extra benefit for women who suffer from menstrual pain. those who received a combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill had T for 5 years. independent of each other. 5 mm in VAS score . Ingela Lindh from Gothenburg University in Sweden. according to a longitudinal. both P<0.

Seizure exacerbation occurred when hormonal contraceptives were used in conjunction with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Valproate users experienced the most exacerbations if they also used hormonal contraceptives (43. Data from 300 women aged 18-47 years who completed the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry survey showed that hormonal contraceptives. although the extent of exacerbation differed depending on the drug. which can include male and female condoms. California. intrauterine devices (IUDs).7 percent) [P=0. increased seizure frequency by 17.6 percent).8 percent. The pattern was consistent with glucuronidated. In the absence of AED use.0007].47 February 2012 Contraception Some contraceptives may exacerbate seizures Radha Chitale ormonal contraceptives may result in more seizures in epileptic women compared with non-hormonal contraception methods. while non-hormonal contraceptives. non-hormonal contraceptives increased seizure frequency by 6. patches and injectables.67 .0001). which can include contraceptive pills. vaginal rings.” the researchers said in a presentation during a meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. spermicides and diaphragms. instead of non-hormonal contraceptives (7. which was associated with more seizures when respondents were also H Hormonal contraceptive drugs were shown to increase the rate of seizures in a survey of 300 women with epilepsy. The researchers observed a similar though less significant effect with carbamazepine. increased seizure frequency by 2.9 percent (P<0. new research shows. held recently in San Diego. “Although contraception is an important consideration for women of reproductive age. enzyme-inducing AEDs and non-enzymeinducing AEDs. there has been little investigation of contraceptive practices in women with epilepsy. taking hormonal contraceptives. In comparison.4 percent increased seizure frequency. The researchers theorized that elevated estrogen levels in the presence of valproate could lower the seizure threshold and so increase their frequency. US. hormonal contraceptives were associated with a 24.

researchers assigned sexually active women <25 years of age. [Obstet Gynecol 2012. “Prospective investigations are needed to determine whether these findings represent important seizure safety issues or reporting biases. Of a group of 178 high-risk women surveyed — classified because of their potential Text reminders improve pill compliance Rajesh Kumar aily text messages have been shown to markedly improve women’s adherence to an oral contraceptive pill (OCP) regimen over a 6-month period. the text messaging intervention used in the study instead adapts the health system to improve outcome. compared to 54 percent of the routine care group (P=0. IUDs (12 percent) and withdrawal (10 percent). most often an oral contraceptive (23 percent).005). but improper use and discontinuation are common. The effect of the intervention on adherence became less obvious when the text messages stopped (60 percent in those who had previously received texts. P=0.48 February 2012 Contraception fertility and sexual activity — most were found to use highly effective contraceptive methods including hormonal contraceptives. the study showed women receiving daily text reminders were more likely to continue taking the pill compared to others at 6 months (odds ratio 1. benefits and risks of oral contraception. 64 percent of women receiving daily text messages were still using the pill. “Such a strategy enables health care providers to enhance the contraceptive success of their patients simply by augmenting their clinical practice.” Young women are most likely to choose OCP as the preferred method for preventing unwanted pregnancies.44. and OCP experience. to either routine care (N=482) or routine care plus daily educational text messages for 180 days (N=480) and obtained continuation data on 683 of them (337 and 346. 119:14–20] Routine care included counseling by staff at a family planning clinic and educational handouts detailing the use. At the 6-month follow-up. effectiveness.00). Among the survey cohort. .0463). In analyses adjusted for age. compared with 54 percent in those who never did. compared with 54 percent.” said the researchers. pregnancy history. tubal ligations and vasectomy.” the researchers concluded.003).03–2. “Unlike programs that seek to change the behavior of an individual woman to increase OCP continuation (eg. The endpoint was self-reported OCP continuation at 5 to 8 months. 72 percent of the women reported using contraception in a parallel survey. percent (P=0. respectively). who sought contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies. through enhanced counseling).16). D P=0. age at first sexual experience. male condom (23 percent. IUDs. race or ethnicity. 95% CI 1. In a randomized controlled trial. Adherence was the highest among the group if the follow-up took place while the text messages were still being sent (75 percent.

Indonesia.49 February 2012 Contraception smart phone application recently launched by the pharmaceutical company. it is important for all involved in women’s health to “chip in” with their efforts to improve adherence. Wong.com today. INDONESIA. “Physicians also need to establish if the OCP is suitable for a particular woman.C. .. visit www. peer-reviewed journal of paediatrics. JPOG has been the only regional.” said Wong. counting remaining pills. a pill reminder JPOG is NOW CME-Accredited.jpog. Six-month OCP continuation rates in young women range anywhere from 12 to 58 percent and failure to establish a routine of taking the pill is cited as a common reason for OCP discontinuation.” While text messages can indeed be useful. in Hong Kong. Malaysia and Singapore For over 35 years. For further details. obstetrics and gynaecology in Asia. Wong said many tools are already available. “…be it the gynecologist who writes the prescription.. Professor P. the pharmacist who dispenses it. The bimonthly journal is proud to announce its CME-accreditation in the following Asian countries: HONG KONG. Pick up a copy today and start earning CME points. From the research bench to your patient’s bedside – JPOG raises the quality of life of women and children in Asia. Bayer Healthcare. For example. If someone is habitually forgetful and misses more than three pills in a month. MALAYSIA and SINGAPORE. Limitations of the study included researchers’ reliance on participant selfreport of ongoing OCP use. inadvertent variable time to follow up and lack of tailored text message content. gynecologist and senior consultant at the National University Hospital Women’s Centre in Singapore. The app can send daily push reminders to those on the pill and includes features such as customizable reminder time. considering off days and 21 or 28 pill packs. or the family planning clinic that works for their welfare. said that under the circumstances. it is important to recommend another method of contraception.

Other causes are alcoholic cardiomyopathy. chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy and viral myocarditis and in rare cases.50 February 2012 In Practice Management of CHF in primary care Dr. Department of Cardiology Co-Director. Heart Failure Programme National Heart Centre Singapore Impaired pumping ability Congestive heart failure (CHF) – the inability of the heart to pump oxygenrich blood sufficient to meet the body’s metabolic needs – is a clinical syndrome accompanied by derangement in the neurohormonal system. Blood tests performed include electrolytes. it makes the heart less able to pump blood. Echocardiogram may be useful but not essential for CHF diagnosis. When cardiac muscles are damaged. hemochromatosis and amyloidosis. Fluid accumulates in the lungs. valvular heart disease. in the abdomen. renal function and liver . the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and sympathetic system. A simple chest X-ray can detect congestion in the lung. cardiomyopathy and hypertension. Diagnosing CHF With proper history taking coupled with comprehensive physical exam. a condition called fluid overload. thyrocardiac disease. Jugular venous CHF is the end result of a variety of insults to the heart which in some cases may be irreversible. or in the peripheral tissues. David Sim Consultant. physicians are able to get a diagnosis. pressure is often assessed as a marker of fluid status. Common causes of heart failure include ischemic heart disease.

congestion of pulmonary vasculature causes respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea on exertion or at rest. In the EMPHASIS-HF trial. Clinical Guidelines Physicians can refer to the American Heart Association (AHA). In left-sided failure. They should see the patient in 2 weeks to recheck electrolytes and renal function. are part of standard therapy. New drugs are available. GPs should note the dosage. In right-sided failure. Patients with biventricular failure often present with both left and right-sided symptoms. the Seattle Heart Failure Risk Calc. A liter – or up to 1. if not contraindicated. Exercise is also encouraged if tolerated. It includes medications and devices used to treat heart failure and how altering these affect survival.51 February 2012 In Practice The SEATTLE Heart Failure Model – which is available online – predicts mortality risk in CHF patients. the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for managing heart failure. New alternatives to ACE. A new mobile application. Clinical trials have shown that the higher the doses. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors)/angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and beta-adrenergic blockers (beta-blockers) are the cornerstone of treatment in patients with heart failure and a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). One is eplerenone. Use of aldosterone antagonists is recommended in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III/IV patients with LVEF of <35 percent. there is venous congestion leading to fluid accumulation in the feet and ankles. The serum level of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide or (NT-proBNP) is related to the severity of heart failure. the primary objective of which is to restrict fluid. Digoxin is useful in patients with atrial fibrillation.2L a day – is recommended depending on the patient’s size. a selective aldosterone antagonist. If the patient is stable. Symptoms of CHF depend on the side of the heart involved. . Besides initiating the evidencebased drugs. Some patients need to be put on diuretics when there is evidence of fluid overload. Ascites and hepatomegaly may also occur in progressively severe cases. beta-blockers GPs and non-cardiologists should look beyond ACE inhibitors and betablockers. Liver congestion may result in liver function impairment. Management approaches Treatment of CHF focuses on dietary changes and pharmacological modalities. Jaundice and deranged clotting may also occur. the better the prognosis. orthopnea – increasing breathlessness on lying flat — and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. Sodium intake is also restricted. ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers. Higher levels of BNP or NT-proBNP are associated with bad prognosis. Easy fatigue and hypotension are signs of poor cardiac output. treatment with eplerenone reduced the risk of cardiovascular deaths by 24 percent and the risk of hospitalization for heart failure by function tests. also provides an estimate of survival rates and average years of survival for patients with heart failure. uptitration of ACE inhibitors and betablockers is recommended until the maximum dose is tolerated.

the lack of good. with symptoms that do not improve despite optimal medical therapy. at the National Heart Centre. In this case. All patients with newly diagnosed heart failure should be referred for further evaluation. then transplantation may be replaced by VAD. sleep apnea and depression. Another drug available is ivabradine. 42 percent in patients with mild symptoms (Class II). Once stable.heartfailurematters. Singapore.aspx . Patients often have other co-morbidities such as renal impairment. We. The widening gap in the number of patients awaiting transplantation and hearts available for transplant has prompted efforts to make the current generation of ventricular assist devices (VAD) smaller. CHF is a debilitating if not fatal condition with lots of burden on the patient. Stem cell therapy is also being tested. Ivabradine is recommended in patients with sinus rhythm with a heart rate of >70 beats per minute. which in the SHIFT-HF trial was shown to decrease mortality when added to standard therapy of ACE inhibitors/ARB and beta-blockers. If the pump technology improves to a stage that survival with VAD is equivalent to heart transplantation. Device therapy has started to play in selected patients with CHF. We need a multi-approach to tackle this problem. are actively taking part in clinical trials and are awaiting eagerly the results of other bigger studies. livelihood and the health care system. healthy heart transplant donors has seen the Online Resources: American Heart Association www. The challenge now for cardiologists is how to get rid of the driveline to eliminate potential source of infection.org/communities/HFA/Pages/ welcome. Challenge to GPs CHF is the end result of various insults to the heart which in some cases may be irreversible. the family. The most common reasons for this are ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with poor ejection fraction. Patients younger than 60 years old. anemia.american heart. implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) improves survival. patients can be managed in the primary care setting.org/heart failure Heart Failure Matters www. we use spironolactone based on the RALES trial.52 February 2012 In Practice need to improve the current generation of mechanical heart devices. should be referred to us for transplant. For Class III or IV patients. more convenient and totally implantable. New advances in CHF treatment Recently. This and other significant advances in drug therapy have sparked an unprecedented optimism in the treatment of CHF.org European Society of Cardiology www. The key message for GPs is not just to treat CHF as a simple fluid overload issue.escardio. The incidence of gynecomastia – seen with spironolactone – is also lower. Some patients may present without symptoms (NYHA Class I) but succumb to sudden cardiac death.

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Despite meticulous forecasts of when the leaves are going to turn red in different parts of Japan. Kyoto of the Autumn in T he Japanese term momijigari (紅葉狩り. Japan.56 February 2012 After Hours Christina Lau discovers autumn colors in Kyoto. whether you catch them . when maple leaves were turning red in mid-November. red-leaf hunting) vividly describes the character country’s maple leaves in autumn.

With the forecast that Kyoto leaves were going to start turning red in early November. as flocks of local and overseas tourists could be seen snapping pictures of any red leaf in sight. most hotels and inns were full when we booked in September. it is not too early to book a few months in advance.000 years ago. Many of the temples house sculptures and scriptures officially classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Sagano (嵯峨野) in the northwestern part of the city offers tranquility at temples built more than 1. young women came in kimono (traditional Japanese full-length robes) to celebrate the occasion and pray to the deity of love and matchmaking said to reside in the latter. where autumn colors complement the beauty of the architecture and traditional Japanese gardens. The late arrival of autumn colors did not hamper people’s spirits. we set off hoping to see stunning seas of red at scenic spots across the city by the middle of the month. Autumn in . For a break from the crowd. With the large number of visitors flocking to the city in November.57 February 2012 After Hours Kyoto in their most vibrant colors is a matter of luck. At popular attractions such as the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) and the nearby Jishu Shrine (地主神社). But the maple leaves were just starting to turn red when we were in Kyoto. If you want to see autumn colors in Kyoto. These temples are also fabulous spots for red-leaf viewing.

” “I should warn you that insurance fraud is a very serious offence.58 February 2012 Humor “Pill time Mr. We couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole operation!” . Would you like to keep your old heart as a souvenir?” “Your husband has a great sense of humor.” “Let’s hope it’s not contagious!” “Let’s go in and see what happens!” “The transplant was a tremendous success. Helmholtz.

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