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Use of Benzodiazepines and Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary Long-term use of benzodiazepines, often prescribed for anxiety and sleep problems, appears to be linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. A French-Canadian team of researchers have found a cumulative dose-effect association between exposure to benzodiazepines (over … Continue reading

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Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs in Care Homes (NHS Choices / Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

Summary The NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” service has drawn attention to a further study raising concern over the prescribing of psychotropic medicines for elderly people living in care homes. The study in question examined how psychotropic drugs – i.e. … Continue reading

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Benzodiazepines Associated With Higher Risk of Dementia (BMJ / NHS Choices)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Summary Benzodiazepines (sedatives / sleeping pills prescribed for sleeping problems and anxiety) taken by millions of people appear … Continue reading

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