Type 2 diabetes may have links to Alzheimer’s, study reveals
NEW YORK Those with Type 2 diabetes may be at greater risk of developing the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggested.
According to a Japanese study, which appeared in the Aug. 25 online issue of the journal Neurology, those individuals with the highest levels of insulin resistance had nearly six times the odds of developing plaque deposits between the nerves in the brain, after adjusting for other risk factors, compared with those with the lowest levels of fasting insulin.
The researchers had adjusted the data to control for age, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol, body-mass index, smoking, exercise and cerebrovascular disease.
"Research has been linking diabetes to dementia, and probably to Alzheimer’s, and this study is one more bit of evidence to say that we’d better get a handle on this," Richard Bergenstal, president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association, was quoted as saying in a HealthDay News report on the study’s findings.
Bergenstal also was quoted as saying that the study’s findings are likely applicable to people with both Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes, and perhaps even those with prediabetes.
This study included specimens from a series of 135 autopsies (74 men and 61 women) of residents of the town of Hisayama, Japan, performed between 1998 and 2003, who underwent an oral glucose tolerance test in clinical examinations in 1988.
MemorialCare Health System opens new clinics at Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy stores
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. MemorialCare Health System has announced the opening of three new retail health clinics at Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy stores in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Mission Viejo, Calif.
“We are pleased to have entered into this new partnership with MemorialCare, a trusted source for quality health care,” stated Sue Klug, president of Albertsons Southern California division. “This demonstrates how businesses like ours can collaborate with healthcare organizations to ensure the communities and families we serve have additional access to health services.”
The new retail clinics, called MemorialCare HealthExpress, are staffed by nurse practitioners and offer treatment for adults and children over the age of 2 years for such common illnesses as colds, flu, sore throats, earaches, sinus infections, skin conditions and minor wounds. Other services include vaccinations and annual flu shots, which currently are available.
“Our MemorialCare Health Express retail clinics make health care easier, affordable and convenient,” stated Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare Health System. “These clinics expand the options available to patients and also link consumers to primary care physicians by helping them locate a physician if they don’t already have one.”
Giant Eagle selects pharmacy workflow automation system
SAN DIEGO RxSafe on Thursday announced the installation of its RxSafe 1800 system at a Giant Eagle in the Pittsburgh market.
The RxSafe system is a pharmacy workflow automation system for prescription medication in native packaging. The system allows pharmacies to accurately fill and track prescriptions, manage inventory, eliminate theft and diversion, and avoid expired product. The customizable RxSafe system stores and automates up to 5,400 native prescription containers in less than 40 sq. ft. of space and realizes a peak capacity of up to 500 scripts per hour in multi-operator mode.
“We’re honored to have our leadership in pharmacy automation technology validated by Giant Eagle’s interest in our new system,” stated William Holmes, RxSafe CEO.