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Study Finds Drugs Commonly Used to Treat Delirium Unhelpful, May Hasten Death in Patients

Sophie Scot, ABC News, 6 December 2016Medicine pills and water in hand ready to take for treatment.Strong drugs used to treat elderly patients with a common condition called delirium may not work and might even hasten death, a landmark Australian study has found.

Researchers from Sydney’s UTS Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, led by Professor Meera Agar, completed the study.

“Not only do the drugs not work, but they actually make people worse by prolonging their delirium,” Professor Agar said.

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