LONDON (The Times of India) – Taking sleeping pills for over three months increases a person’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s by over 51%.

Taking benzodiazepines (widely prescribed drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia) is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, particularly for long-term users, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday.

The researchers warn that unwarranted long-term use should be considered a public health concern.

Dementia currently affects about 36 million people worldwide and this number is expected to double every 20 years, reaching 115 million by 2015.


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