Top Medical News
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Patients with stable schizophrenia may benefit from long-term antipsychotic treatment, with a recent meta-analysis finding that continuation of antipsychotics over a 1-year period significantly reduces symptom exacerbation in this population in contrast to a trajectory of continuous symptom exacerbation in patients on placebo.
Yesterday
Complex and vulnerable, patients undergoing a transition from a child to adult mental health care need services that are adapted to their specific needs, suggests a recent Singapore study.
2 days ago
The norepinephrine transporter (SLC6A2, NET) variant rs2242446/T-182C shows potential as a biomarker to predict the possibility of remission with venlafaxine in older adults with major depression, a recent study has found.
3 days ago
Performance of moderate-intensity exercise lasting at least 15 minutes, three times a week, potentially lowers the risk of depressive symptoms in older adults, a study has found. Furthermore, increasing exercise frequency to more than five times per week will benefit this population both physically and psychologically.
3 days ago
Myopia is associated with depressive symptoms in Chinese adults, a new population-based study shows.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 3 days ago

Hearing loss is associated with an increased prevalence of dementia, according to a Singapore population-based study. Cognitively normal individuals with hearing loss have a twofold risk of developing neurocognitive disorders (mild cognitive impairment [MCI] or dementia). 

5 days ago
Obesity has a slight and substantial negative impact on the cognitive functioning of healthy individuals and major depressive disorder patients (MDD), respectively, a new study 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
Roshini Claire Anthony, 03 Jun 2016
Young people who have undergone liver transplant (LT), or have autoimmune liver disease (AILD), or other chronic liver diseases have higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general adolescent population, according to a study presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) 2016 held in Athens, Greece.
Pearl Toh, 09 Mar 2016
Empathy is important in helping chronic pain patients with “drug-seeking” behaviour, said Dr. Winslow Munidasa, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Novena Medical Center Singapore, during the Pain Association of Singapore Annual Scientific Meeting (PAS-ASM) 2016 held recently in Singapore.
Jackey Suen, 09 Dec 2015

Recent advances in MRI techniques allow faster and more accurate neuroimaging, which greatly facilitates the characterization of brain structure and function associated with normal ageing and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Jackey Suen, 09 Dec 2015

The use of social robots can improve gesture recognition and application in local schoolchildren with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), data from the new Robotic Intervention Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have shown. 

Elvira Manzano, 01 Dec 2013

Neurogenesis, the birth of neurons or nerve cells in the hippocampus, continues during adulthood, new research suggests.

Elvira Manzano, 01 Dec 2013

Video game training can improve cognitive performance in healthy older adults, new research has found.