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This scale was developed Dr. Malaz Boustani, a researcher at the
Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging
Research, and her colleagues.
A drug was given a score of 1 if it had possible anticholinergic
effects based on lab tests but no evidence of clinically relevant
cognitive effects A drug was given a score of 2 or 3 if it had
established and clinically relevant anticholinergic effects.
Drugs not listed have a score of 0.
The idea is to add up the scores of the drugs a person is taking.
If the sum of the scores is 3 or more, then medications with
lower anticholinergic cognitive burden scores might be considered
to lower the overall anticholinergic cognitive burden.
A nap in the afternoon can help a person regain mental focus and
retain information better, and may help people who work night
shifts remain alert.
As death rates from heart disease and other conditions decline,
more men are living long enough to lose bone mass, making
osteoporosis more of a male problem than it had been considered
in the past.
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for almost anyone. It
tones larger muscles, eases arthritis pain, and lowers blood
pressure, while the cushion of the water greatly reduces the risk
Many medications have anticholinergic side effects, meaning they
block the action of a key nervous system chemical. If a person
takes a number of these medications for a period of time, the
effects can build up and cause problems with thinking and memory.
I have been diagnosed with temporal arteritis and am being
treated with prednisone, which the doctor says is a steroid. I
know athletes use steroids to bulk up, and I can't see how that
would have anything to do with temporal arteritis. Can you
A recent Health Letter urged us seniors to stay mentally active
because that causes the growth of new neurons (brain cells). When
my husband had a stroke 40 years ago, the doctors told me the
brain cannot make new cells in later life. What's the truth?