According to Healio (7/16, Miller), “women who took sleep medications were at a slightly higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from 3,656 residents of a Utah county without dementia at baseline (women, 57.8%) that assessed risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.” The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.Psychiatric News (7/16) reports investigators found that participants “who reported taking sleeping medication ‘often’ or ‘almost always’ were 43% more likely to develop dementia than those who reported ‘never’ or ‘rarely’ taking sleep medications.” Further analysis found that “the increased dementia risk among the frequent users was observed only among the white participants (hazard ratio=1.79).” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)