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Alzheimer’s patients often take an antidepressant—but the drug nearly doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture. The risk is at its greatest when the person starts taking the medication, but it’s still there even four years later.
Nearly 500,000 Americans died after taking a prescription drug in 2015, according to cases reported to the US National Poison Data System. By comparison, no deaths were recorded for vitamins, minerals or nutritional supplements.
New research has revealed how the microbes in our gut influence our central nervous system, and healing these microorganisms may, in turn, be the answer to everything from spinal cord injury and stroke damage to mental illness. Celeste McGovern investigates
If you like to eat chicken, make sure it’s cooked all the way through. Undercooked chicken can harbour the bacteria that cause Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), the nervous system disorder characterised by muscle weakness, co-ordination problems and unsteadiness, and may even lead to paralysis.
Antipsychotic drugs are routinely given to Alzheimer’s patients—but they increase the risk of death by 60 per cent. And the patient is twice as likely to die if he or she is given two or more antipsychotics.