Good history taking coupled with pattern recognition to identify specific subtypes of dementia, along with prudent use of functional and pathological imaging, are vital in the diagnostic approach for dementia.
A recent study by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) indicates that acupuncture may be effective for treating sleep problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Meanwhile, investigators from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have uncovered a possible explanation for the cognitive impairment experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease.
An end-of-life (EOL) care programme in residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) is shown to markedly reduce rates of accident and emergency department (AED) attendance and hospital admissions, with substantial cost savings.
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Regardless of birth weight, being obese at preschool age is associated with a greater risk of elevated blood pressure during early childhood, a recent China study has found. A longer duration of breastfeeding appears to help mitigate such a risk.
In patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) receiving angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, high dosing confers benefits for the risk of death or hospitalization that are similar to that obtained with lower dosing, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition affecting the joints. Dr Lee Eu Jin, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Liberty Orthopaedic Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on how to manage OA in the primary care setting.