Heatlhcast : A Study on a Class of Drugs Linked to Incidence of Dementia


A new study linked a greater incidence of dementia to a class of drugs commonly prescribed to treat depression, incontinence and Parkinson’s disease. The drugs, known as anticholinergic medications, help to control involuntary muscle movements. Researchers found the link even with patients who took the drug 20 years before his or her diagnosis.

The Juul e-cigarettes company said it will spend $30 million to fund research on underage vaping and assemble an expert panel. The Food and Drug administration questioned the design and marketing of the company’s product that is popular with teenagers. Juul labs said it will also support state and federal legislation to raise the minimum age for vaping products to 21.

New research in Great Britain found labeling beer and wine as lower in alcohol strength could actually encourage people to drink more. In a study of 264 people, consumption increased as labels on drinks showed lower alcohol content.

1 – BMJ
2 – AP Wires
3 – University of Cambridge

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