Taking two medicines at the same time doubles working-age adults' risk of falling, researchers in New Zealand have found.
Although previous work has highlighted the falls risk from medicine use in the elderly, prevention also needs to tackle the 'largely unrecognised' problem among younger patients, the researchers believe.
Dr Bridget Kool and colleagues from the University of Auckland studied data from 335 people aged 25 to 60 who had died or been admitted to hospital as the result of falls.
This group was matched with 352 controls randomly selected from the electoral register. The median ages of the study and control groups were 47 and 44 years …