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Discontinue Medications Leads To Inappropriate Prescribing

The continuation of drugs that are not intended to be taken indefinitely is a substantial and common problem that could contribute to over-medication, particularly in the elderly. The specific number of drugs taken is not itself indicative of polypharmacy as all of the drugs may be clinically necessary and appropriate for the patient; however, as the number of prescribed drugs increases, so do the chances of Polypharmacy.

End-of-life care preferences of Chinese Adults Vary Based on Whether They Have Children

Chinese adults who have children prefer to receive end-of-life care from family members at home, while those who lost their only child prefer to be cared for in hospice or palliative care institutions finds a new study led by an international team of researchers and published in the November issue of The Journal of Palliative Medicine. Income, property ownership, and support from friends also influenced individuals' end-of-life care preferences

Brain Inflammation Seen for First Time in Fibromyalgia

Researchers have reported for the first time that they have found inflammation in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia.  Daniel S. Albrecht, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues, joined with a research team led by Anton Forsberg, PhD, of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, to broaden generalizability and boost statistical power of the study.

Study Finds New Mechanism for Regulating Sleep Using an Ingredient Commonly Found in Energy Drinks

Sleep is an essential behavioral state in animals ranging from invertebrates to humans. It is critical for immune function , stable metabolism, brain repair, learning, and memory. Over the course of a lifetime, more than 30 percent of people will experience a sleep disorder, which is associated with a number of diseases including Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease