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Loneliness tied to pain-fatigue-depression cluster in older adults
High levels of loneliness among elderly adults increase the likelihood of reporting pain, fatigue, depression, and the cluster of all three symptoms, reports a recent study.
Cancer patients more vulnerable to PTSD during pandemic
Cancer patients may be more susceptible to developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reports a recent study.
Ozanimod aces in ulcerative colitis treatment
3 days ago
Ulcerative colitis patients suffer from higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms, a recent study has found. In addition, disease activity seems to be a good predictor of the severity of these symptoms.
Wearables boost eating disorder program completion, app engagement
Tristan Manalac, 6 days ago
Using wearable devices helps improve study completion among people with eating disorders, as well as boosts their engagement with a smartphone app intervention, according to a recent study. Greater program retention, in turn, may lead to better outcomes.
Depression, anxiety aggravated in vitiligo patients
14 May 2022
Vitiligo patients suffer from greater levels of depression and anxiety, both of which appear to be associated with serum levels of corticotropin releasing hormone, reveals a recent study.
Educating about nocebo effects helps improve tolerance to tricyclic antidepressants
10 May 2022
A short intervention that addresses the nocebo (negative placebo) effect appears to improve tolerance of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), which are commonly used to treat disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI), a study has shown.
Special Reports
Achieving full functional recovery in MDD: How do we get there?
29 Jun 2020
The Lundbeck Neuroscience Symposium was held at Sofitel KL Damansara over 2 days, with extensivediscussions on the management of various mental illness. On the first day, eminent local and internationalexperts weighed in on the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), including in the elderly and incases of coexisting anxiety.
Understanding disease pathology and drug selection to maximise outcomes in schizophrenia treatment
20 Jun 2020
The Lundbeck Neuroscience Symposium was held at Sofitel KL Damansara over 2 days, with extensivediscussions on the management of various mental illnesses. The second day of the symposiumaddressed the topic of schizophrenia management, focusing on treatment goals, the rationale forpartial dopamine D(2) receptor agonism and the use of long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics topromote adherence.
Conference Reports
Young cyberbullying victims at heightened risk of self-harm
Jairia Dela Cruz, 24 May 2021
For children, being at the receiving end of online bullying makes them 12 times more susceptible to suicidal thoughts and actions, with the risk exacerbated by increased use of social media, as shown in the results of a meta-analysis presented at the virtual American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2021 Annual Meeting.
Bright light therapy at midday: Does it help in bipolar depression?
Elvira Manzano, 07 May 2021
Bright light therapy done at midday may be an effective and affordable adjunct to antimanic medication in patients with bipolar depression (BD), according to an expert who presented at APA 2021. This brings renewed attention to this natural, somatic treatment primarily used for seasonal depression.
Anxiety in MCI may lead to Alzheimer’s disease
Roshini Claire Anthony, 01 Jan 2021

Anxiety symptoms in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may increase their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA 2020).

Multidomain intervention effective for dementia prevention
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 28 Nov 2018

Multidomain intervention which includes nutrition, exercise, cognitive training and vascular risk monitoring is effective in preventing dementia, findings from the FINGER study have shown.

Ginkgo biloba extract improves cognition and overall condition after ischaemic stroke
Christina Lau, 23 Nov 2018

Use of a ginkgo biloba extract on top of standard preventive treatment is shown to improve cognitive function and overall condition after acute ischaemic stroke.