New hope for older adults suffering from depression

CBS News- A new study finds older adults with hard-to-treat depression can benefit from taking both an anti-depressant and an antipsychotic medication. Washington state researchers tracked over 450 people over the age of 60, all diagnosed with depression. The two-drug combination relieved depression in a significant number of the patients and reduced suicidal thoughts. SOURCE – The Lancet/MedDay/CBS

Portuguese researchers say they’ve found differences between smokers and non-smokers who develop lung cancer. They say non-smoking patients are more likely to be women and are less likely to suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and cancer of the larynx. They also found non-smokers survived longer after diagnosis. SOURCE – European Lung Foundation/MedDay/CBS

A new study raises the possibility that changing the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 would increase the high school dropout rate.  Researchers looked back at higher dropout rates in the 1970’s and 80’s, when many states lowered the age young people could buy alcohol.  They say younger and more vulnerable high school students had an easier time getting alcohol from their friends. SOURCE – Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs/MedDay/CBS

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