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Citalopram for Alzheimer’s disease requires further research

April 29, 2016

Although citalopram appeared to reduce delusions, anxiety and irritability among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers expressed concern regarding cognitive and cardiac side effects of the treatment.

“No pharmacotherapy has been approved for this indication by the [FDA]. Atypical antipsychotics, which have the best-established albeit limited efficacy, are the most frequently used agents in practice. This is problematic, as growing evidence suggests serious safety concerns, increased mortality, and uncertain efficacy when using antipsychotics in patients with dementia,” Anne K. Leonpacher, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues wrote.

In the Journals

ACP: Physicians can help tackle public health threat of climate change

April 29, 2016
Climate change poses a significant threat to public health and needs to be addressed by drastic actions in part by physicians and the health care community, according to…
In the Journals

Physicians who do not certify more likely to receive disciplinary actions

April 28, 2016
An analysis of data sets found that 95% of internal medicine residents achieve certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine, according to findings…

NIH awards grant to further research potential cause of Alzheimer’s disease

April 28, 2016
The NIH has awarded a $3.6 million grant to Luciano D’Adamio, MD, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to continue his research on how amyloid precursor…

CMS requests feedback on EHR measure of inpatient antipsychotic use in older adults

April 26, 2016
CMS has called for public comments regarding an electronic health record measure of antipsychotic use among older adults in inpatient hospital settings.CMS has been…
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Functional and Existential Tasks of Family Caregiving for End-of-Life, Hospitalized Older Adults

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Online Advanced Release, April 11, 2016
The current study examined how functional and existential coping factors are related to the sense of self-benefit among…
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FDA expands indication for implantable miniature telescope

October 27, 2014
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