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MACE, stroke, death common after acute coronary syndrome in people with bipolar disorder
In people with bipolar disorder, major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) are common occurrences after acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a new study has found. Similarly, the risks of all-cause mortality and stroke are also increased post-ACS.
Discovering the powerful role of healthcare industry in combating human trafficking
3 days ago
A recent Australia study has found that nearly 20 percent of women encounter intimate partner violence, which in turn could lead to clinically significant mental health problems.
Depression, sleep disturbance tied to urinary symptoms in men with LUTS
4 days ago
In men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), urinary symptom subdomains show an independent association with modifiable clinical variables such as sleep quality and depression at all time points, a study has found. However, these variables do not predict the degree of improvement in LUTS after assessment and treatment over the medium term.
Taste, smell changes linked to symptoms in globus patients without evidence of reflux
5 days ago
Changes of taste and smell (TSCs), as well as psychological comorbidities, occur frequently in globus patients with no evidence of pathologic acid reflux, reports a study.
Probiotics bear no effect on students’ stress
6 days ago
A recent randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study from New Zealand showed no significant benefit of probiotics on stress levels of undergraduate students.
Pandemic-caused treatment delays for cancer may aggravate psychological distress
18 Jun 2022
Cancer patients who experience treatment delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions may be vulnerable to psychological distress, reports a recent China study. Effective communication from doctors and other cancer care professionals may help mitigate this effect.
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.