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Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotics issued for main licensed conditions

Elderly people twice as likely as middle aged to be given these drugs despite greater risk of side effects

Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs are being issued to treat the serious mental illnesses for which they are mainly licensed, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Instead, they may often be prescribed 'off label' to older people with other conditions, such as anxiety and dementia, despite the greater risk of potentially serious side effects in this age group, the findings indicate.

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Crows are smarter than you think

Study finds crows join humans, apes, and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking

Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence—they can remember faces, use tools, and communicate in sophisticated ways.

But a newly published study finds crows also have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously. That means crows join humans, apes, and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking, according to the research.

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