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Risk for Late-Onset Epilepsy Linked to a Class of Protein, Smoking, Diabetes

A recent study has shown that a class of proteins involved in the metabolism of fats in the body. Apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE ε4) genotype and the presence of potentially modifiable risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, and diabetes in midlife are associated with a higher risk for late-onset epilepsy. Participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study were enrolled in it. At baseline, the investigators collected data on demographics, lifestyle factors, vascular status, and potential epilepsy risk factors. At first study visit, the median participant age was 55 years. The main outcome was the time to late-onset epilepsy development at age less than 60 years of age. Participants were followed from 1987-1989 through 2013. During follow-up, a total of 596 patients devel...

Nasal Spray for Memory?

Insulin Detemir Nasal Spray May Improve Memory in Alzheimer’s Insulin detemir delivered via nasal spray may improve working memory in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease, according to data from a pilot study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Previous studies have demonstrated the potential benefits of intranasal insulin in adults with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease, but no other research has evaluated the effects of intranasally administered insulin detemir, which is a long-lasting insulin analog. For this study, the researchers assigned 60 adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease to receive placebo (n=20), 20 IU of insulin detemir (n=21) or 40 IU of insu...

FTC refunds Seniors Who Paid Too Much for Epilepsy (and other) Meds at CVS Pharmacys

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission said that it is mailing refund checks to 13,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were overcharged for drugs because aCVS Caremark Corp. business understated the price of the medications. The checks are being sent to seniors who paid significantly more than they should have for drugs used to treat epilepsy and symptoms of breast cancer, among other illnesses, and who were forced into the so-called “donut hole” as a result of the payments. The “donut hole” a gap in government insurance coverage in which no drug costs are reimbursed. The FTC says its redress administrator Rust Consulting began mailing the checks Tuesday. The checks are valid for 60 days from the date they were issued and they must be cashed within that time...