Lilly Alzheimer's Drug Fails in Latest Study

U.S. News

Current Alzheimer's treatments like Aricept and Namenda only temporarily ease symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and agitation. They don't slow, stop or reverse the mental decline that happens when the brain's nerve cells stop functioning normally.


An Alzheimer's drug fails, but many others still in testing

U.S. News

She is testing whether solanezumab can prevent development of dementia in people with no symptoms but sticky deposits of a substance called amyloid, which forms plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. More than 800 out of the intended 1,150 participants have been enrolled, and she's rethinking whether that's enough. The National Institutes of Health and Lilly are funding the research.


Your Doctor's Party Shouldn't Matter

Slate

They found substantial differences in how serious Democratic versus Republican doctors judged political health issues to be as well as how they would go about counseling patients on those issues. For example, Republican doctors were more likely to say they would urge patients to stop smoking marijuana and emphasize the legal risks of the drug. They were also more likely to discuss mental health aspects of abortion and discourage future abortions. Democratic doctors, on the other hand, were more likely to encourage patients not to keep firearms at home.


War On Drugs Failure: How Many People Are Arrested For Marijuana?

International Business Times

As nine states prepare to vote on legalize or decriminalization marijuana laws on Election Day, the FBI reported a significant decrease in the number of arrests made for cannabis possession and sales. The latest statistics report, which was released Monday, also indicated the majority of the arrests made for marijuana charges were based on possession. The latest statstics which show 574,641 arrests were made for marijuana possession and 68,480 for trafficking in 2015, are the lowest number of arrests police officials have made since 1996, indicating a seven percent year-over-year drop and a whopping 25 percent drop from its peak -- 800,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2007. The data, according to the FBI, suggests that the drop in arrests may be because law enforcement has been spending more time cracking down trafficking in and possession of harder drugs like cocaine and heroin. Marijuana advocates believe the latest statistics will help push legislation efforts in the various states with legalization and decriminalization initiatives for medical and recreational marijuana on the ballot Nov. 8.


Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK

BBC News

A key malaria treatment has failed for the first time in patients being treated in the UK, doctors say. The drug combination was unable to cure four patients, who had all visited Africa, in early signs the parasite is evolving resistance. A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said it was too early to panic. But it warned things could suddenly get worse and demanded an urgent appraisal of drug-resistance levels in Africa. Malaria parasites are spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.