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More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

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Nursing homes administer largely pointless and potentially harmful drugs to a majority of residents with advanced dementia, according to findings in Jama Internal Medicine.

Doctors warn against Aricept for dementia care, supplements for weight control in second annual 'Choosing Wisely' list

Doctors warn against Aricept for dementia care, supplements for weight control in second annual 'Choosing Wisely' list

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Clinicians should prescribe cholinesterase inhibitors very cautiously and suspend use if dementia symptoms aren't reduced within 12 weeks, according to new "Choosing Wisely" recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society.

Early dementia screening is accurate but pointless, researchers find

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Assessment tools can effectively identify people in the early stages of dementia, but existing evidence suggests there is no pressing reason to do this type of cognitive screening, according to newly published research.

Pain management difficult for stoic residents, those with dementia, study finds

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Effective pain management in long-term care is hampered by residents' attitudes and caregivers' misinterpretation of behaviors, according to newly published research in the journal Nursing Older People.

Is the National Football League our best hope for Alzheimer's progress?

Is the National Football League our best hope for Alzheimer's progress?

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More than 110 million Americans watched yesterday's Super Bowl in New Orleans. It's not too hard to see why the game has become our nation's defining cultural ritual. The National Football League also could give us the nation's best chance at progress against Alzheimer's disease.

Higher dose of Alzheimer's drug approved despite FDA warnings, report shows

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Makers of the Alzheimer's drug Aricept released a higher dosage version of the medication despite concerns about side effects and reduced efficacy, a study reports.

Expanded role for Alzheimer's medications?

Aricept and Namenda are typically used in the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer's disease. They might also be helpful as the disease progresses, according to British investigators. Researchers found that later use helped users better remember, understand and function. "As patients progress to more severe forms of Alzheimer's disease, clinicians are faced with a difficult decision as to whether to continue or not with dementia drugs and, until now, there has been little evidence to guide that decision," said Robert Howard, M.D., the study's lead researcher. By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Study: Alzheimer's drugs should be more widely used

Study: Alzheimer's drugs should be more widely used

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Alzheimer's medications typically used only in early stages of the disease can be more useful in later, more severe stages of dementia than previously thought, a new study suggests.

Prescription dementia drugs delay nursing home admission by one year, new study shows

Prescription dementia drugs delay nursing home admission by one year, new study shows

Dementia-fighting drugs could help delay the admission of individuals suffering with dementia to nursing homes by up to a year, new British research suggests.