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Existing interventions insufficient in easing physician burnout
17 hours ago
Several interventions for reducing physician burnout result in significant numerical improvements in some domains, but such improvements fall short of providing meaningful changes in clinical burnout, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
Depressed? Do some exercise, says study
Stephen Padilla, 18 hours ago
People who are suffering from depression may find relief by getting physically active, like walking or jogging, yoga, and strength training, a study suggests. More intense exercises also seem to provide greater benefits in reducing depression, while yoga and strength training are well tolerated versus other treatments.
Semaglutide induces weight loss despite antidepressant use
Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
Treatment with semaglutide 2.4 mg results in clinically meaningful weight loss, irrespective of baseline antidepressant (AD) use, among adults with overweight/obesity, reports a post hoc study of the Semaglutide Treatment Effect for People with obesity (STEP).
People with vision impairment prone to psychosocial problems
5 days ago
Vision impairment appears to contribute to several psychosocial outcomes, including depression, anxiety, and social isolation, according to a study.
COVID-19 impairs sexual function in women
Stephen Padilla, 6 days ago
Being infected with COVID-19 may reduce the sexual function of cisgender women, while having long COVID can worsen the already impaired sexual function as compared to those who do not have long COVID, a study has found. However, the mechanisms as to why these effects occur remain unclear.
High intake of macronutrients ups ADHD risk in children
Stephen Padilla, 26 Feb 2024
Children who have lower intakes of vitamins and mineral and higher intakes of macronutrients are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests an Egypt study.
No link between isotretinoin use, suicide risk, psych disorders
Audrey Abella, 26 Feb 2024
In a meta-analysis conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore, isotretinoin use was not associated with increased risk of suicide or psychiatric conditions.
Special Reports
Nicorette® QuickMist Launch Symposium
19 Jan 2024
During the launch of Nicorette® QuickMist at the Kuala Lumpur Nicotine Addiction International Conference (KLNAC) 2023, a panel of distinguished experts led the discussion on the role of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) on smoking cessation management. The panel comprised of notable experts, including Professor Chris Bullen (New Zealand), Associate Professor Dr Amer Siddiq bin Amer Nordin (Malaysia), Dr Philip Tønnesen (Denmark) and Professor Philip Eng (Singapore).
Long COVID: What we have learned so far
Prof. Ghassan Dbaibo, 27 Apr 2023

The WHO defines long COVID as a condition that occurs 3 months from COVID-19 onset, whose symptoms last ≥2 months and cannot be attributed to an alternative diagnosis. In an interview with MIMS Doctor, Professor Ghassan Dbaibo of the Center for Infectious Diseases, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, describes the evolving attitudes towards long COVID among healthcare professionals (HCPs), some unexpected predisposing factors, potential biological mechanisms behind prolonged symptom duration and shares data on vaccination’s protective effects against long COVID.

NCDs in Focus Act Now! Summit 2022
16 Mar 2023

Viatris, a global healthcare company, collaborated with the Thai Hypertension Society and the Thai NCD Collaboration Group to organize the NCDs in Focus Act Now! Summit 2022 in Bangkok on October 29th and 30th. This summit brought together nearly 300 multidisciplinary experts from Southeast Asia and India to address the unmet needs in managing two critical noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and mental health disorders (MHDs) in the region.

The summit had several key objectives. Firstly, it highlighted the effectiveness of clinical data in addressing gaps and unmet needs in clinical practice. Secondly, it emphasized the importance of sharing expertise and best practices through a platform that can optimize patient care. Additionally, it discussed the challenges of cardiovascular disease and mental health disorder care in a post COVID-19 world, and the need to re-examine them.

The summit also offered valuable insights into policy and practice changes, as well as innovative digital solutions that can lead to better outcomes. Lastly, it emphasized the significance of gaining a deeper understanding of the gaps in the patient journey to enhance patient care further.

Overall, the NCDs in Focus Act Now! Summit 2022 was a highly informative and productive event, with experts collaborating to improve the management of CVDs and MHDs in Southeast Asia and India.

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).