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4 Your Health: Seniors taking drugs that effect the brain on the rise

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Tucson- A new study reveals the number of senior citizens taking at least three drugs that effect brain function has more than doubled over the last decade.

The use of multiple medications like opioids, anti-depressants and tranquilizers, rose even more in rural areas. Researchers say combining these drugs increase the risk of falls as well as problems with driving, memory and thinking.

And babies who weigh less than three pounds at birth may be at a higher risk for mental health problems later in life.

A 30 year study found extremely low birth weight babies were significantly more likely to have ADHD as children as well as social problems during adolescence. even as adults, they had higher levels of anxiety, depression and shyness.

Researchers said difficult pre-natal conditions and stress, following an early birth, may be the cause of many of these problems.

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