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    Many care homes still rely on antipsychotic medication for some people with dementia. But do they have any alternative?

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News Update

  • Young onset dementia national charity seeks new chair

    Young onset dementia national charity seeks new chair

    22.02.18 YoungDementia UK is looking for a new chair to help establish it as the "primary young onset dementia charity in the UK". Starting in July, the chair of trustees will be appointed for three years initially, providing strategic leadership at a "pivotal moment of national development and growth," as the charity develops a programme of activities to reach out to more people with young onset dementia and give them more support. For more information, contact Tessa Gutteridge at tessagutteridge@youngdementiauk.org

  • New drug may allay psychosis symptoms but avoid side-effects

    New drug may allay psychosis symptoms but avoid side-effects

    21.02.18 A new drug called Pimavanserin may provide a relatively safe way to alleviate psychosis symptoms in people with dementia when non-pharmacological approaches fail. Findings from Exeter University, published in the journal Lancet Neurology, suggest that Pimavanserin avoids the dangerous side-effects associated with traditional anti-psychotic medications. Professor Clive Ballard, who led the study, said: "It's particularly encouraging that most benefit was seen in those with the most severe psychotic symptoms, as this group is most likely to be prescribed antipsychotics. We are talking about vulnerable elderly, frail people who are suffering terrifying symptoms, being sedated with current antipsychotics even though it's well known that they cause terrible health issues and even death in people with dementia, and have very little benefit. We urgently need to do better by them, and our encouraging results provide hope."


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