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More U.S. seniors taking multiple mind-altering drugs

February 16, 2017, 12:13 pm by Reuters Health News

(Reuters Health) - The number of older adults taking at least three prescriptions for psychotropic drugs - which includes opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics and tranquilizers - has roughly doubled over the past decade, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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Is active surveillance safe for men with family history of prostate cancer?
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Reuters Health News : April 28, 2017, 12:44 pm
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Rethink emphasis on lowering saturated fat to save hearts: docs
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Doctors should consider whether older patients can hear them
Reuters Health News : April 28, 2017, 11:31 am
(Reuters Health) - Elderly people with hearing loss may have difficulty understanding speech in noisy healthcare settings - and the situation isn't helped when doctors speak fast and use medical jargon, experts say.

Malaria, wiped out in U.S., still plagues American travelers
Reuters Health News : April 28, 2017, 8:35 am
(Reuters Health) - U.S. public health officials declared victory over malaria in 1951, but the mosquito-borne disease continues to infect and kill American travelers, a new study shows.