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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Final analysis of the POEMS (Prevention of Early Menopause) study finds that breast cancer (BC) patients treated with the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) goserelin, in addition to chemotherapy, are more likely to avoid premature menopause and to become pregnant without negatively impacting disease-related outcomes.
In breast cancer, especially hormone-negative tumours, an ultrasound-guided core biopsy (CNB) is useful for predicting pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy and may thus help to avoid surgery for some patients, a study has found.
Circulating miR-155 may be potentially used as a diagnostic and therapeutic monitoring marker in breast cancer, suggests an Indonesian study presented at the 2019 Asia Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Asia 2019).