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Anticholinergic drugs linked with dementia

In the journals Anticholinergic medications used to treat bladder conditions, Parkinsonís disease, and depression are associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to a large study published online April 25, 2018, by The BMJ. Anticholinergic drugs help to contract and relax muscles. They work by blocking acetylcholine, a substance that also transmits messages in the nervous system. In the study, researchers compared the medical records of 40,770 people older than 65 who…

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