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Medical News & Perspectives
March 25, 2020

Matters of the Mind—Sleep Medications and Dementia Risk, Depression and Weight Gain, Opioids and Mental Disorders

JAMA. 2020;323(14):1333-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1836

Recent studies have assessed the relationship between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms in adolescents, whether benzodiazepines or z-hypnotics increase dementia risk, and how opioid prescribing rates differ among people with certain psychiatric illnesses compared with the general public.

Younger adolescents who stay physically active during their teens might help lower their risk of depressive symptoms at age 18 years, a recent study in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests.