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Drinking coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.
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Autistic traits, drive to systemize common in autism, borderline personality disorder

13 Sep 2017
Parent of autistic kids need to reach out for support

Both autism spectrum condition (ASC) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) patients manifest autistic traits and drive to systemize, a new study has shown.

The study involved 624 ASC and 23 BPD patients; an additional 16 patients with both ASC and BPD were also recruited. All participants were made to accomplish the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), Empathy Quotient (EQ) and Systemizing Quotient-Revised (SQ-R) questionnaires. There were 2,081 neurotypical controls (NC).

According to analysis of variance (ANOVA), AQ scores were significantly different among all four groups, (p<0.001), with NCs having the lowest, followed by the BPD, ASC and ASC+BPD groups. The difference in scores between NCs and BPD reached statistical significance, while the scores between BPD and ASC were only marginally different (p=0.047).

Scores in patients with ASC and BPD were significantly higher than those with ASC (p=0.001).

ANOVA also showed that EQ scores were significantly different among all groups (p<0.001), with both NC and BPD patients scoring significantly higher than either ASC or ASC+BPD patients (p<0.001 for all). EQ scores were comparable between NC and BPD patients, and between ASC and ASC+BPD patients.

In terms of SQ-R, both BPD (p=0.016) and ASC (p<0.001) patients scored significantly higher than NCs. ANOVA also found that scores were normally distributed and were significantly different among the groups (p<0.001). In posthoc analyses, the ASC+BPD group did not show significantly different scores compared with any other group.

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Elvira Manzano, 6 days ago
Bisphosphonates have proven antifracture efficacy and remain to be the cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment. However, a drug holiday is of particular importance with bisphosphonates due to some signals with long-term use of the drug, including rare incidence of atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), says a leading endocrinologist at AFOS 2017.
Yesterday
Drinking coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI), according to a recent study.
3 days ago
Breast cancer patients have notably different microbiomes in the local breast tissue and urinary tract, a recent study reveals. Particularly, species in the Methylobacterium genus are reduced in the local breast tissue while the urinary tract is enriched in gram-positive bacteria.
Pearl Toh, 13 Oct 2017
Women with higher plasma tryptophan concentrations were less likely to have poor sleep quality during pregnancy, especially among those with anxiety symptoms, according to the GUSTO* study.