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ADHD medication use carries no excess risk of cardiovascular diseases
Users of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications across age groups do not appear to be at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), although a modest risk increase of cardiac arrest or tachyarrhythmias could not be ruled out, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
SG, HK docs delay prescribing clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Clinicians in Singapore and Hong Kong appear to delay the initiation of clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) despite familiarity with treatment guidelines, as reported in a study.
pregant woman thinking if she should take medication
Kanas Chan, 2 days ago

Levothyroxine exposure during pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring, a territory-wide retrospective cohort study in Hong Kong has shown.

Careful hand feeding in advanced dementia
Christina Lau, 5 days ago

In advanced dementia patients with feeding problems, careful hand feeding (CHF) is associated with a 40 percent lower risk of pneumonia and similar 1-year survival rate vs nasogastric tube feeding (NGF), a retrospective cohort study in Hong Kong has shown.

Fear of recurrence common among survivors of gynaecologic cancers
25 Nov 2022
Women who survive gynaecologic cancers are often afraid of recurrence, a recent study has found. Distress, hopelessness, anxiety, and post-traumatic growth appear to be important indicators of such fear.
Fatigue worsens quality of life, productivity in patients with psoriatic arthritis
Stephen Padilla, 25 Nov 2022
Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) usually complain of fatigue, which is less frequently diagnosed by many physicians, reports a study. Severe fatigue may lead to poorer physical functioning, work productivity, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL).
Post-surgery emergence delirium in kids has no long-term impact
Roshini Claire Anthony, 23 Nov 2022

The use of general anaesthesia (GA) in children undergoing elective surgeries does not lead to long-term deterioration in behavioural outcomes, according to a study presented at Anesthesiology 2022.

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.