“‚ÄėThey‚Äôre Waking Up‚Äô: Reducing Drugs for Dementia Patients Yields Dramatic Results”

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Canada's Global News reports that "A couple of years after a national initiative began to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medication, some people are...

BPS Releases Review of Alternatives to Antipsychotics

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BPS releases report encouraging behavioral interventions for people with dementia, rather than antipsychotics

Pain Meds Reduce Dementia Symptoms

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British researchers find that a 10% increase in pain medication resulted in a dramatic reduction in the use of antipsychotic and other medications. “When...

Federal Regulators Urge Cuts in Antipsychotics for Seniors

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An Office of the Inspector General report says that nearly nine out of 10 prescriptions for antipsychotics given to Medicare beneficiaries are for unapproved uses....

First Aid for Emotional Trauma

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Handout by Will Hall, offered on the Icarus Project website, on what emotional trauma is and how to work to heal it. Go to "First...

Arkansas’ $1.25 Billion Risperdal Trial Starts Today

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Arkansas' lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for false and misleading claims regarding Risperdal is set to begin today, the fourth time J&J has a...

Rampant Prescription Errors in CA Nursing Homes

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Recent investigations by the California Department of Public Health found that in 18 of 31 nursing homes in San Francisco (plus one outside of...

The Drug Being Pushed on Nursing Home Residents

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From Next Avenue: The drug Nuedexta has only been approved for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the maker of...

Turns out Action Video Games Really can Harm Your Brain

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From Global News: According to a recent Montreal study, habitually playing action video games can lead to grey matter loss in the hippocampus, which is...

Certain Antidepressants, Sleep Aids Associated with Higher Dementia Risk

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Greater cumulative doses of drugs that are anticholinergic or block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine are associated with significant increases in dementia and Alzheimer's.

“Coming Out of the Fog”

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"For the past eight years, Vicki Dyer has been the program director of the dementia ward at Lakewood, a continuing care centre in‚ÄąWaterville, Me.,...

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Heart Attack in the Elderly

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In a study of 10,969 older patients treated with antipsychotics in Quebec, Canada, researchers found a 2.19 times greater risk of heart attack in...

Psychotropics Accelerate Cognitive and Functional Decline

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Duke and others found in a study of 230 Alzheimer's patients tracked over four...

England Seeks to Stop Antipsychotics For Dementia

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English health minister Paul Burstow is seeking to outlaw the 'silent scandal' of inappropriate antipsychotics for dementia by proposing legislation that imposes up to...

Labels Initiates Core Social Support, Lose Peripheral Ties

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Article Abstract: Although research supports the stigma and labeling perspective, empirical evidence also indicates that a social safety net remains intact for those with mental...

Cognitive Enhancement With Yoga

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From Psychiatric Times: A recent study suggests that Kundalini yoga may be at least as effective as memory training in improving cognitive resilience in older adults with...

New Medications Fail to Show Efficacy for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Three phase III clinical trials assessing the efficacy of Lundbeck’s investigational drug idalopirdine for Alzheimer’s disease have failed

“Their Brains had the Telltale Signs of Alzheimer’s. So why did They Still Have...

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Sharon Begley for the STAT examines new research which raises ‚Äúdoubts about conventional approaches to diagnosing and finding treatments for Alzheimer‚Äôs.‚ÄĚ Article ‚Üí

Discontinuing Psychotropics Reduces Falls in Elderly

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Australian researchers look at the literature on the effect of psychotropics on falls in the elderly; largest effect of any randomized trial was achieved...

Drug May Lead to Early Death for People With Alzheimer’s

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From The Washington Post: A recent study found that benzodiazepines are associated with a greater chance of early death for those with Alzheimer's. "Researchers analyzed data on...

Nursing Homes Shift Tactics on Dementia

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As part of a series on the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in nursing homes, the Boston Globe explores alternative approaches, such as llama therapy,...

How Do Comprehensive Lifestyle Changes Influence Dementia?

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In his Scientific American blog, Gary Stix reviews the latest investigations into the impacts of comprehensive lifestyle change approaches to preventing dementia. "Results of...

People With Dementia Press for More Rights

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From STAT: People with dementia are coming together to fight for the right to make their own decisions, to have a voice in public policy, and to...

Dementia Patients at Risk of Injury or Death Due to Antipsychotics

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From The Independent: Thousands of people with Lewy Body Dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, increasing their risk of death fourfold. "These medicines, prescribed to around...

Senate Amendment Filed to Fight Inappropriate Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

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Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut filed an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety...