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March 2013

Hebrew SeniorLife Researchers Find Link between Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Drugs and Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents

Study Suggests Caution Should be Exercised when Prescribing Sleep Medications

BOSTON —The risk for hip fracture is elevated among nursing home residents using sleep medications, according to a study by researchers at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Researchers state this is likely due to an increased risk of falling associated with drug use.