What are Anticholinergic Drugs and Should you be Worried About a Link to Dementia?

By Staff Reporter - 11 Jul '19 12:10PM
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An observational study released Monday linked dementia in seniors with the usage of anticholinergic drugs. The study, published in the peer-reviewed JAMA Internal Medicine journal, said taking these kinds of drugs resulted in nearly "50% increased odds of dementia" in adults 55 and older. 

But just what are anticholinergic drugs, and what should adults do in response to the study? USA TODAY talked to Dr. Shelly Gray, director of the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research at the University of Washington, to find out. 

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