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#Alzheimers #COVID #Coffee

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> New Alzheimer’s Drug: how much better do people do?

>> Warning for October COVID

>> Fountain of Longevity?

The Med & Mic™ 09.28.22

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FDA Considers New Alzheimer’s Drug

In a clinical trial, an experimental intravenous drug for Alzheimer’s disease slows thinking and memory problems by 27% compared to placebo. The 18-month study involved 1,800 people with early stage Alzheimer’s. The medication did better than placebo at reducing plaques in the brain and slowing decline in memory, problem solving, and personal care. Out of 18 possible points, the scores were 0.45 points better for the drug group. One in five study participants getting the medication had brain swelling or bleeding on PET scans, but 97% did not have symptoms. The drug, called lecanemab, comes from Biogen and Eisai. The FDA could decide on approval by early January. (Source: STAT News, D. Garde and A. Feuerstein, 9.27.22)

COVID in the UK Rising

In the past week, COVID cases were up in the UK by 30% after falling for nearly two months. There have been clear increases in adolescents and younger adults, 25 to 34. Whether this will be a sustained increase is not yet clear. Typically, the US follows the pattern in the UK within weeks. The jump does not appear to be driven by a new variant, but rather by waning immunity and behavioral changes. (Source: CNN, B. Goodman, 9.27.22)

A Pattern With All Coffee Types

People who drink two to three cups of coffee a day lived longer and had less cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers studied the habits of 450,000 people over 12.5 years. The pattern held up across regular, decaf, ground, or instant coffee. Because of this finding, it appears the non-caffeinated compounds in coffee contribute to the pattern. This type of study cannot show cause and effect, however. (Source: CBS News, L. Cohen, 9.27.22)

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