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The Med & Mic™ 02.03.22

The Med & Mic™ 02.03.22

Medical and Health News of the Day

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Midlife Risks for Dementia in Late Life

People with two chronic diseases in middle age have twice the risk of dementia later in life. Researchers in France analyzed a cohort of 10,000 British workers age 35-55 who did not have dementia in the 1980s. Later dementia diagnoses were determined from hospital and death records through 2019. The strongest association was in those with two or more chronic health conditions at age 55, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, lung disease, arthritis, and others. “Early onset multimorbidity is particularly harmful,” says study co-author Archana Singh-Mannoux, PhD, in an article from MedPage Today. The study could not assess the role of specific conditions and later dementia, and could not isolate the role of medications.

FDA Approval for Generic Dry Eye Drops

The FDA has granted approval for the generic version of Restasis, the drops for dry eyes. The drops have been around for 20 years as a brand name medicine. In an article from Healio, Sally Choe, PhD, of the FDA, says the approval “reflects the FDA’s continued commitment to advancing patient access to lower-cost, high-quality generic drug products.” The generic product, cyclosporin ophthalmic emulsion, will be made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Case Studies Point to CAR-T Cure

More than ten years ago, CAR-T was an experimental treatment for cancer. The case studies of the first two people to get it have been published in the journal Nature. They both had leukemia and became cancer free after receiving CAR-T. One is still alive, running half marathons. The other died recently of COVID. The study’s authors call CAR-T a cure. The therapy involves collecting the patient’s own T cells, a type of white blood cell that is important to immune function, and genetically altering them to attack cancer cells. The modified cells are given back to the patient. More from the AP.

Heart Issues During the Pandemic

In a Cleveland Clinic poll of 1000 adults, four in ten Americans say they’ve had at least one heart issue during the pandemic. Also, one in four who tested positive for COVID says it has affected their heart health. Top responses include shortness of breath, dizziness, higher blood pressure, and chest pain. More from HealthDay.

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