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Psychotropic drug use increases risk of falls in nursing home residents

The prescription of psychotropic drugs is associated with a strongly increased risk of...

Antipsychotic drug use increases mortality risk in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60% increased risk of mortality among people...

Impact of medication errors ‘surprisingly low’ in nursing home residents

The serious impact of medication errors on nursing home residents is ‘surprisingly low’,...

Combining fish oil supplements with exercise improves muscle function in older women

Combining omega-3 supplements with a resistance exercise training programme can improve...

Is loneliness a predictor for Alzheimer’s disease?

Lonely people have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease because they have...

Benzodiazepine use increases risk of hip fracture in people with Alzheimer’s disease

The use of benzodiazepines and related drugs increases the risk of hip fracture by 43% in...

Prompt treatment with alteplase essential for patients with severe ischaemic stroke

Assessing the risks in patients grouped together by stroke severity and knowing the outcomes

Diabetes education should include information about foot self-care

Caring for the feet is just as important for patients who have diabetes new research finds.

Beta blockers and mortality after myocardial infarction in patients without heart

Assessing the association between early treatment with beta blockers and mortality rates.

Exercise could help ward off memory decline in older people

Older people who already have memory and thinking problems could benefit from exercise, say

Urinary incontinence increases mortality risk in older people

Urinary incontinence is associated with an increased risk of mortality in older nursing home

Drinking coffee can cut dementia risk among women

Women who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day could reduce their risk of developing dementia by

More than half of people with Alzheimer’s aged 90 years and over on psychotropic drugs

Psychotropic drugs are more commonly prescribed to people with Alzheimer’s disease aged 90

People with dementia can follow written instructions to swallow safely

Study looked at using written instructions to improve safety of eating and drinking in

Health professionals should support people with COPD to stay well

Study explores chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its effects.

National Dementia Strategy not associated with reduced antipsychotic prescribing

Antipsychotics were developed for people with schizophrenia or psychosis but are sometimes

Geriatric assessments must be carried out to identify depression in cancer patients

The risks of failing to diagnose clinical depression can result in patients being deprived