Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to More Hospitalizations Among Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic drugs are most commonly used to treat mental health conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but they’re also often prescribed to patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia to alleviate some of the most difficult symptoms.

However, this may come with some negative side effects: A new study finds that people with dementia who were using antipsychotic drugs were more likely to spend time in the hospital than those who weren’t on antipsychotics.

The Gut Microbiome Could Speed Up the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

The microbes in the gastrointestinal tract influence the immune system and the brain, possibly playing a role in the development of Alzheimer’s
Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-microbiome-could-speed-progression-alzheimers-disease-180973123/#fUKrgYKEJmYzWMsY.99
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