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About 1 in 3 patients with dementia who live in nursing homes are being sedated with antipsychotic drugs, the GAO says. Outside nursing homes, about 1 in 7 dementia patients are getting the risky drugs.

GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipyschotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

Older adults with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia are at risk of being prescribed dangerous antipsychotic medication whether they live in nursing homes or not. That's according to a study from the Government Accountability Office published Monday.

Sam Mullet stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio, in 2011. Mullet has now been sentenced to serve 10 years and nine months in jail.

Judge Reduces Sentences For Amish Involved In Beard-Cutting Attacks

A federal judge in Cleveland has reduced the sentences of 16 Amish men and women who were convicted of cutting the beards and hair of their detractors.

If you remember, an appeals court threw out their hate-crime convictions last summer, saying the attacks were fueled by "interpersonal and intra-family disagreements, not the victims' religious beliefs."

Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

George Dante fell in love with taxidermy as a young child. His parents took him to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and he couldn't tear his eyes away from the dioramas in the Hall of African Mammals.

When Dante was 7, he preserved his first specimen: a small fish he caught in Barnegat Bay. He formed the body with green floral foam, added a pair of dolls' eyes that his mother bought at a craft store, and painted the faded scales with watercolors.

Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

Law enforcement agencies should measure community trust the same way they monitor crime rates. That's among the recommendations of a task force established after police-involved killings of unarmed black people in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland and on Staten Island, N.Y.

Tinder is launching Tinder Plus, a new version of its app with added features including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away.

Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

Tinder, the immensely popular dating app that lets users pick a potential match with just the swipe of a finger, launched a paid version this week in 140 countries. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

Tinder told NPR that U.S. users will pay $9.99 for Tinder Plus if they're under 30, and $19.99 per month if they're 30 and above. U.K. users between the ages of 18-27 will be charged 3.99 pounds per month, and users 28 and above will be charged 14.99 pounds per month.

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

In the 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felitti, now director of the California Institute of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, discovered something potentially revolutionary about the ripple effects of child sexual abuse. He discovered it while trying to solve a very different health problem: helping severely obese people lose weight.

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be, and the higher your risk for later health problems. You can take the test below:

So, you've got your score. Now what?

In 2013, Americans on average spent 5.6 percent of their disposable personal incomes on food they consumed at home.

Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

When admiring such enticing items at the grocery store as an avocado for $1.50, an $8 chocolate bar or fresh wild Alaskan salmon for $20 a pound, you've probably experienced sticker shock.

Indeed, retailers and restaurants offer myriad opportunities to blow your food budget in one fell swoop.

A photo from by the Taronga Zoo shows a six-month-old Quokka, a marsupial that has made it a hit on social media.

Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

We'll get back to the day's serious news soon — but for now, we wanted to be sure you're aware of the insanely cute Quokka, a small furry animal that in recent months has become a favorite photo partner in Australia.

The quokka had a flurry of fame early last year, when it was called "the happiest animal in the world," due to the natural (and photogenic) curl of its mouth and what seems to be a friendly nature. Now people are taking photos with the marsupial that lives in southwestern Australia.

An African elephant in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park is a draw for tourists.

Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

Newspapers around the world have reported that elephant was to be served at a $1 million birthday party for Robert Mugabe, the prime minister of Zimbabwe, held on Saturday.

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