Top Medical News
Tristan Manalac, 7 hours ago
Major depressive disorder (MDD) appears to be more prevalent in females than in males, particularly in those who are divorced or widowed, a recent study from Singapore has found.
Yesterday
In adults on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, cannabis strengthens the association of pain with anxiety and depression, instead of weakening them, a recent study shows.
2 days ago
Adjunctive subanaesthetic intravenous ketamine, compared with midazolam, is associated with greater decrease in clinically significant suicidal ideation within 24 hours in patients with major depressive disorder, partially independently of antidepressant effect, reports a recent study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 2 days ago
Deep brain stimulation of the subcallosal cingulate white matter is thought to be a safe and feasible therapeutic approach in the management of treatment-resistant depression, although a study has reported that its antidepressant effect may not be clinically significant.
Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 2 days ago

Societies that value autonomy and harmony tend to have higher alcohol consumption as compared with more conservative societies that value hierarchy and embeddedness, a recent study has shown. 

3 days ago
Internet-related addiction is a new public health concern in the Asia-Pacific region, showing strong associations with mental health problems such as depression in young adults, a recent study reveals.
3 days ago
The dissociative subtype of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with toxic levels of cortisol in the saliva of pregnant women, which may exert adverse effects on the health of offspring, a recent study shows.
Special Reports
17 Mar 2017
On 6 November 2016, in conjunction with the first year anniversary of vortioxetine (Brintellix®, Lundbeck) in Malaysia, two distinguished speakers, Professor Gin S Malhi and Dr Pranab Kalita shared updates on depression and the use of vortioxetine in order to help patients with major depressive disorders (MDD) to return to their premorbid functional states. The session was followed by three case presentations.
10 May 2016
This newsletter features an interview with Prof Dr. Nor Zuraida Zainal, president of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA) and Dr. Abdul Rasyid Sulaiman, programme director of the MPA Depression Awareness Day 2016. It also includes highlights of recent discoveries in depression research.
29 Apr 2016
This article presents the excerpts from the Inaugural Meeting of the Dementia Advisory Board Malaysia held on 23 January 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, highlighting the clinical evidence of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761® in dementia, treatment recommendations from international guidelines and consensus reached during the meeting on the role of EGb761® in managing dementia.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Apr 2016

Elderly patients on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as part of prostate cancer treatment may be at an increased risk of depression, a recent study states.

19 Feb 2016
During the launch of Brintellix® (vortioxetine) in Malaysia, Professor Dr Nor Zuraida Zainal, Associate Professor Dr Gregory W Mattingly and Associate Professor Dr Ng Chong Guan provided an overview on depression, as well as expounded the role of vortioxetine in treating depression or major depressive episode.
01 Jan 2015
Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mixed dementia. During a Schwabe-sponsored symposium last 20 October 2014 held at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Professor Serge Gauthier of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging in Quebec, Canada, and Dr Robert Hoerr of the Dr Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG in Germany, discussed studies that support the safety and efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761®) in patients with AD and dementia.
01 Oct 2014

This is the case of a 32-year-old male who called the Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis (EASY Program) hotline due to insomnia in February 2014. The patient had no history of substance abuse, did not smoke, and did not drink alcohol. Family history was negative for mental illness. At the time of the call, he worked as a hairstylist, had one sibling, and lived in a public housing estate. He had a poor employment history, having worked at various jobs with no job lasting more than 2 years. Medical history was unremarkable.

Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 03 Jun 2016
Young people who have undergone liver transplant (LT), or have autoimmune liver disease (AILD), or other chronic liver diseases have higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general adolescent population, according to a study presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) 2016 held in Athens, Greece.
Pearl Toh, 09 Mar 2016
Empathy is important in helping chronic pain patients with “drug-seeking” behaviour, said Dr. Winslow Munidasa, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Novena Medical Center Singapore, during the Pain Association of Singapore Annual Scientific Meeting (PAS-ASM) 2016 held recently in Singapore.
Jackey Suen, 09 Dec 2015

Recent advances in MRI techniques allow faster and more accurate neuroimaging, which greatly facilitates the characterization of brain structure and function associated with normal ageing and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Jackey Suen, 09 Dec 2015

The use of social robots can improve gesture recognition and application in local schoolchildren with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), data from the new Robotic Intervention Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have shown. 

Elvira Manzano, 01 Dec 2013

Neurogenesis, the birth of neurons or nerve cells in the hippocampus, continues during adulthood, new research suggests.

Elvira Manzano, 01 Dec 2013

Video game training can improve cognitive performance in healthy older adults, new research has found.