Statement from FBI on Cruise Ship Death

The FBI’s New Haven Field Division has devoted thousands of work hours investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. George Smith IV, which consisted of conducting numerous witness interviews, reviewing a wide variety of evidence (including but not limited to: forensic evidence, cruise ship records and cruise ship security videotapes). It has always been our focus to ascertain if criminal conduct played a role in his passing. As of now, the case remains open.

We’d like to note, Mr. Smith’s case has helped the FBI set a precedent for cases on the high seas covering multiple jurisdictions. When concerning jurisdiction, the primary law enforcement authority will fall in the victim’s native place of origin by country and state. The FBI will always work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies on investigations of this nature.


Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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