Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Benzodiazepines associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

The use of benzodiazepines and related drugs (Z drugs) is associated with a modestly increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk increase was similar ...

Medications

Overdose risk quintuples with opioid and benzodiazepine use

In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients, according to a new study from the University ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Doctors curbing first-time prescriptions for opioids

(HealthDay)—Although the opioid epidemic continues to rage in America, promising new data show that first-time opioid painkiller prescription rates have slowed in recent years.

Medications

Review: treatment options for benzodiazepine dependence

(HealthDay)—Effective treatment of benzodiazepine dependence includes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational approaches, according to a study published in the March 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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