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Elderly Episodes

Here’s What Happens When You Treat ADHD in the Elderly [60 Sec Psych]

July 15, 2020 | Podcasts

In 2004 the FDA approved the first stimulant for adult ADHD: Adderall XR. Now it’s nearly 20 years later, and some of those patients are elderly. Yet there are only a few studies of stimulants in people over age 50 ─ yes that’s the medical definition of elderly these days ─ and they are limited to case reports and patient surveys. [Link] Publ

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Who Will Get Cognitive Decline? [60 Sec Psych]

June 23, 2020 | Podcasts

The brain changes that lead to dementia can be seen as early as 25 years before the illness starts. We can’t test for those changes, but who might be at risk? This meta-analysis led by Carol Hudon looked at studies that followed healthy middle aged adults with no cognitive problems to see which behavioral and psychological factors predicted dement

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Can You Stop the Thyroid Med after Stopping Lithium? [60 Sec Psych]

June 17, 2020 | Podcasts

Hypothyrodism is fairly common on lithium, affecting about 14-17% of patients. Subclinical hypothyroidism is twice as common, and the risk is greater in the elderly. We know what to do about it ─ start thyroid supplement ─ but what hasn’t been clear is whether we should continue that supplement if lithium is stopped. Lieber I, Ott M, Öhlund L, et

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Ambien in Older Adults: The Risks [60 Sec Psych]

June 13, 2020 | Podcasts

1 out of 3 zolpidem ─ Ambien ─ tablets are dispensed to older adults, but how safe and effective is it in the elderly? This review by Flavio Machado and colleagues pulled together 32 studies – half of which were randomized placebo-controlled trials ─ to look for answers. Study referenced: Machado FV, Louzada LL, Cross NE, Camargos EF, Dan

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Ambien in Older Adults: The Benefits [60 Sec Psych]

June 12, 2020 | Podcasts

1 out of 3 zolpidem ─ Ambien ─ tablets are dispensed to older adults, but how safe and effective is it in the elderly? This review by Flavio Machado and colleagues pulled together 32 studies – half of which were randomized placebo-controlled trials ─ to look for answers. Study referenced: Machado FV, Louzada LL, Cross NE, Camargos EF, D

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