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Florida county begins drug disposal program

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT PIERCE, Fla. Officials from the sheriff’s office and fire district of St. Lucie County, Fla., have started a program to help people safely get rid of unused prescription drugs, the Vero Beach Press Journal reported.

The purpose of Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet is to prevent diversion of unused drugs for illicit purposes and water pollution.

Eight locations in the county will be open on Saturday and those dropping off medications will receive at $5 gift card from CVS, Walgreens or Wal-Mart.

The Press Journal reported that about 20 people in St. Lucie County died from taking prescription drugs between January and May.

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Gestational diabetes results in increased risk for Type 2 diabetes

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK Gestational diabetes greatly increases a woman’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in life, a new study confirms, according to Reuters.

Gestational diabetes is a known risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Denice Feig of the University of Toronto and her team looked at 633,449 women who gave birth in Toronto between 1995 and 2002. A total of 21,823 (3.3 percent) of the women were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

While just 2 percent of the women who didn’t have gestational diabetes went on to develop Type 2 diabetes during the 9-year follow-up period, 19 percent of those with gestational diabetes did, the researchers found.

Moreover, they say the strongest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes was gestational diabetes, which increased risk more than 37-fold.

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Russian antihistamine appears effective against Alzheimer’s

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study that lasted a year and a half has found that an antihistamine developed in the former Soviet Union may be able to stabilize Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, found that the drug Dimebon could stabilize the disease for at least the time of the study. Researchers tested the drug against a placebo in 183 patients in Russia who had mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

Conditions of patients who received the placebo deteriorated, while those of the people who received Dimebon improved or deteriorated only slightly.

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