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How overmedication is injuring and killing the elderly — a world-first study

from Medical Xpress

Elderly taking multiple high-risk medications for sleeping, pain or incontinence are twice as likely as others to fall and break bones, with many dying within a year of their injury, new research shows. The University of Otago, Christchurch study is the first in the world to measure the impact of taking multiple medications on fractures in the elderly. In elderly, 90 per cent of fractures are the result of a fall. Between 20 and 30 per cent of elderly die within a year of suffering a fracture. more


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