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01 Oct 2017
Antidepressants may be effective for treating depression in patients with schizophrenia, according to a meta-analysis that underscores qualifying conclusions based on the small number of low- or moderate-quality studies.
Rachel Soon, 01 Mar 2018

Unregulated online sales of products containing controlled medicines must be curbed in the name of consumer safety, warns the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS).

10 Apr 2018
Antiviral treatment for colonic cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection significantly improves short- and long-term surgery-free survival in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), according to the results of a small-scale study.
Audrey Abella, 03 Oct 2017
Once-monthly and once-quarterly administration of paliperidone palmitate had similar efficacy in terms of relapse prevention for schizophrenia in an East Asian population, according to a subgroup analysis.

Decision aids reduce DT-LVAD implantation in advanced heart failure

10 Jan 2018

Shared decision support with the use of standardized decision aids improves decision quality and reduces implantation of left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) in patients with advanced heart failure. [Allen LA, AHA 2017, session LBS.06

In a real-world study in 248 patients considering DT-LVAD, researchers found improved decision quality in the intervention group (n=113) of patients who received education provided by healthcare staff along with a pamphlet (88 percent) or video (92 percent) decision aid.

Patients’ knowledge improved by 10.9 percent in the intervention group, compared with a 5.4 percent improvement in the control group (n=135) of patients who received usual care. Values-choice concordance was also higher in the intervention vs control group (correlation coefficient, 0.48 vs 0.17).

At 6 months, DT-LVAD implantation rate was 54 percent in the intervention group vs 80 percent in the control group – a significant 26 percent difference (p=0.008).

No significant differences were found between the groups in secondary outcomes such as decision regret, illness acceptance, stress, depression and quality of life.

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01 Oct 2017
Antidepressants may be effective for treating depression in patients with schizophrenia, according to a meta-analysis that underscores qualifying conclusions based on the small number of low- or moderate-quality studies.
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Audrey Abella, 03 Oct 2017
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