Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Drugs and falling in older people

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have been looking into which drugs are linked to an increased number of falls in older people. They reviewed 22 studies on falls in people over 60 covering a total of 79,000 participants. They found that antidepressants had the strongest statistical link with falling but antipsychotics and benzodiazepines such as valium were also associated with an increased risk. Painkillers were found not to be linked to an increased risk of falling which is the fifth leading cause of death in the developed world.

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