BMJ 2011: 343: 215 – 266 (30th July)

Depression in someone with Alzheimer’s may be better treated with support than with medication.  In a large study in the Lancet, both sertraline and mirtazapine were found to work no better than placebo for depression in Alzheimer’s, but (less surprisingly) to produce more side-effects.  The good news is that care by specialist psychiatric services (whatever that involved in the trial) does seem to help – the lack of difference was due to the fact that both antidepressant and placebo groups improved equally during the trial.

And I was interested to read that people seem to be slightly more likely to understand percentages than frequencies/natural frequencies, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study.


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