Tag Archives: Drug Side-Effects

Biogen’s Aducanumab: Possibly the First Viable Drug Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary There were early hopes that the drug Aducanumab (from Biogen) might be able to slow down the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, but trials were halted in March 2019 due to “disappointing” trial results. Subsequent re-analysis of … Continue reading

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More on the Association Between Anticholinergics and Dementia Risk (BBC News / JAMA Internal Medicine / Bazian / BJCP)

Summary Fresh research appears to confirm the association between the use of anticholinergic drugs (prescribed for the treatment of depression, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and bladder problems) and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). Statistical research … Continue reading

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Pseudomedicine and Potential Dementia Treatments? (JAMA)

Summary A United States perspective covers the growing market for complementary interventions to promote brain health or minimise dementia risk and/or symptoms. Health professionals are requested to help the public understand commercial conflicts of interest and the market forces behind … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Not Recommended for Depression in People With Dementia (NIHR Signal / Cochrane Database)

Summary A National Institute for Health Research “Signal” expert commentary refers to a systematic review which indicates that antidepressants are unsuitable / unhelpful for the treatment of depression in persons living with dementia. Full Text Link Reference Antidepressants do not … Continue reading

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Dementia Medication De-Listed in France: Untruth, Half-Truth or Paternalistic News Blackout? (BBC News / Prescrire / ADI / Inside Health / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Early evening headlines yesterday, on BBC Radio 4 news, announced the “shocking” news that drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease / dementia had been de-listed in France. This story has not been followed-up, and appears to have been dropped quietly; although … Continue reading

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Update on the Association Between Anticholinergics and Dementia Risk (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary A new statistical study has confirmed an association between use of certain anticholinergic drugs (commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression, Parkinson’s Disease and bladder problems) and a heightened risk of developing dementia. Other anticholinergics, taken to treat hay … Continue reading

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BBC iWonder Guide: How Close Are We to Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary The BBC’s iWonder Guides provide “thought-provoking answers to the questions sparked by everyday life”. This particular collection of brief digestible articles, animations and videos covers: A frightening prospect (epidemiological statistics). How the disease affects your brain cells (an interactive … Continue reading

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