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Antipsychotic drugs aren't necessary in the vast majority of dementia cases, gerontologists say. The pills can be stupefying and greatly raise the risk of falls — and hip fracture. iStockphoto hide caption

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol on Dec. 2. McConnell says he wants to make the Senate work the way it used to, but not all Republicans are on board. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

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The Apple campus in Cork, southern Ireland, employs 4,000 people — though its financial benefits are felt across the city. But Ireland's attractive tax laws — which have lured other industry leaders — are now under scrutiny. Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

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Super Mario Bros Medley - Instrumental The Video Game Music Orchestra
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Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

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From Idina Menzel To The Duke Boys, Surveying 2014's Would-Be Holiday Hitmakers

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