Top Medical News
2 days ago
Fruit and vegetable consumption appears to be associated with lower prevalence or incidence of psychological distress among middle-aged and older adults, according to a study. However, the association is mostly significant at medium but not high levels of intake and is stronger in women than in men.
3 days ago
Use of valbenazine once daily has significantly improved tardive dyskinesia and is well tolerated in patients with underlying schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or mood disorder, according to the results of a phase III study.
4 days ago
Common risk factors for suicide such as suicidal ideation, patients wishing to be dead, continuity of suicidal thoughts, previous attempts, having a suicide plan, and feelings of hopelessness and aggression only weakly predict the incidence of suicide in the general patient population admitted to an psychiatric acute ward, a new study shows.
5 days ago
The quality of care for patients with serious mental illness and cardiovascular risk factors can be improved even under challenging real-world conditions, suggest a recent study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 6 days ago
The novel vasopressin 1b (V1b) receptor antagonist ABT-436 shows potential in the treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD), effectively reducing the frequency of drinking but without significantly altering the amount consumed, according to the results of a multisite phase II trial.
7 days ago
The clinical utility of risk scales used in psychiatric assessments following self-harm is limited, performing similarly or considerably worse compared with clinician or patient ratings of risk, according to a study. This suggests that such scales should not be used to determine patient management or predict self-harm.
8 days ago
Adults with mild-to-moderate major depression may significantly benefit clinically from an 8-week hatha yoga intervention, a new randomized, controlled, pilot trial shows.
Special Reports
17 Mar 2017
On 6 November 2016, in conjunction with the first year anniversary of vortioxetine (Brintellix®, Lundbeck) in Malaysia, two distinguished speakers, Professor Gin S Malhi and Dr Pranab Kalita shared updates on depression and the use of vortioxetine in order to help patients with major depressive disorders (MDD) to return to their premorbid functional states. The session was followed by three case presentations.
10 May 2016
This newsletter features an interview with Prof Dr. Nor Zuraida Zainal, president of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA) and Dr. Abdul Rasyid Sulaiman, programme director of the MPA Depression Awareness Day 2016. It also includes highlights of recent discoveries in depression research.
29 Apr 2016
This article presents the excerpts from the Inaugural Meeting of the Dementia Advisory Board Malaysia held on 23 January 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, highlighting the clinical evidence of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761® in dementia, treatment recommendations from international guidelines and consensus reached during the meeting on the role of EGb761® in managing dementia.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Apr 2016

Elderly patients on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as part of prostate cancer treatment may be at an increased risk of depression, a recent study states.

19 Feb 2016
During the launch of Brintellix® (vortioxetine) in Malaysia, Professor Dr Nor Zuraida Zainal, Associate Professor Dr Gregory W Mattingly and Associate Professor Dr Ng Chong Guan provided an overview on depression, as well as expounded the role of vortioxetine in treating depression or major depressive episode.
01 Jan 2015
Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mixed dementia. During a Schwabe-sponsored symposium last 20 October 2014 held at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Professor Serge Gauthier of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging in Quebec, Canada, and Dr Robert Hoerr of the Dr Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG in Germany, discussed studies that support the safety and efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761®) in patients with AD and dementia.
01 Oct 2014

This is the case of a 32-year-old male who called the Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis (EASY Program) hotline due to insomnia in February 2014. The patient had no history of substance abuse, did not smoke, and did not drink alcohol. Family history was negative for mental illness. At the time of the call, he worked as a hairstylist, had one sibling, and lived in a public housing estate. He had a poor employment history, having worked at various jobs with no job lasting more than 2 years. Medical history was unremarkable.

Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 27 Feb 2017
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who were bullied tend to suffer more pain and related functional impairment than nonvictims, leading to depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality, suggests a study presented at the ASEAPS 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar.
Pearl Toh, 26 Feb 2017
Men were more likely to have better outcome than women among those who had been hospitalized for migraine or chronic tension type headache (CTTH), suggests a study presented at the Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Congress 2017 (ASEAPS 2017) held in Yangon, Myanmar.
Stephen Padilla, 24 Feb 2017
Depression or anxiety is common among patients with chronic pain, which is why these individuals should be screened for the said mental health disorders, said Dr Judith Turner, University of Washington (UW) professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and rehabilitation medicine, during the 7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Congress held in Yangon, Myanmar.
Tristan Manalac, 22 Feb 2017
Approaches to chronic pain management aim to solve a list of other challenges that patients may face apart from pain reduction, Prof Michael Nicholas from the University of Sydney discussed in the recently concluded 7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) Congress 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar.
16 Nov 2016
People with a history of anxiety disorder are more likely to have osteoporosis, according to a Taiwan study presented at the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Regionals 2016.
Pearl Toh, 03 Aug 2016
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men was associated with a lower cardiovascular (CV) risk, according to a presentation at the recent Urological Association of Asia Annual Congress (UAA 2016) held in Singapore, allaying concerns about the safety of TRT amidst controversial findings from previous studies.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 14 Jun 2016
Almost 15 percent of adolescents diagnosed with juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA) have depressive symptoms at diagnosis which is linked to pain and disability up to 3 years later, according to a study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) held in London, UK.