Sleep & Hayfever medication linked to dementia
Sleep and hayfever sufferers were monitored over a 10 year period where they were given .anticholinergic-type drugs that block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. As many patients are aware these drugs come with dry memory loss and now a link to developing dementia.
But researchers say people should also be aware that they may be linked to a higher risk of developing dementia.
Dr Shelly Gray and colleagues from the University of Washington followed the health of 3,434 people aged 65 and older who had no signs of dementia at the start of the study.
They looked at medical and pharmacy records to determine how many of the people had been given a drug with an anticholinergic effect, at what dose and how often and compared this data with subsequent dementia diagnoses over the next decade. sourced from bbc
Sleeping pills linked to death
Links between Sleeping disorders & Addiction
Hundreds of thousands of people who take sleeping pills just twice a month are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely, according to new research recorded in the BMJ. The study compared people taking sleeping tablets with those who were not using the drugs but had a similar lifestyle and health conditions.
People taking higher doses of tamazepam pills, which were dispensed 2.8m times in England in 2010, were six times more likely to die in the next two-and-a-half years.
For the drug zolpidem, which was prescribed 733,000 times in England in 2010, the risk of death was 5.7 times higher for those taking them most frequently.
The drug zopiclone, which was prescribed 5.3million times in England in 2010, was included in the full analysis but not calculated separately.
Lead author Dr Daniel Kripke, of the Scripps Clinic, wrote in the British Medical Journal Open: “The meagre benefits of hypnotics [sleeping pills], as critically reviewed by groups without financial interest, would not justify substantial risks.
Research to prove counselling can help Insomnia sufferers
According to background information in the article, insomnia affects anywhere from 15 to 35 percent of older adults. For the research, Daniel J. Buysse, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr Buysee found in his analysis of that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was a supportive treatment to help Insomnia sufferers calm their mind and improve sleeping patterns.
Sourced from Daily telegraph