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Experts issue warnings about prescribing multiple medications for dementia patients.

Experts warn about prescribing more than three drugs for dementia patients
Experts warn about prescribing more than three drugs for dementia patients

WESTON, Fla. – Neurologist Dr. Damon Salzman with the Cleveland Clinic in Weston said evidence showed that people age 65 and older should not simultaneously take three or more drugs that target the brain or central nervous system.

“The strategy that we use is to try to minimize the amount of medication that people use, especially in the elderly specifically because many of these medications can have negative side effects, so it may help their depression but it may also worsen their memory,” Salzman said.

A study by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that almost 1-in-7 of the participants were taking three or more of these medications, many without good reason, despite experts’ warnings.

Researchers in Massachusetts have found that the new vaccines against COVID-19 are very effective in producing antibodies in pregnant and lactating women and the vaccines also pass protective immunity to newborns through both breastmilk and the placenta.

The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology also found that side effects after vaccination were rare and that vaccination produced significantly higher levels of antibodies than natural infection with the virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women are more at risk for infection and complications from COVID.


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Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.

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