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In a retrospective case-matched study from Taiwan published in Neurology, persons with bipolar disorder (BPD) were almost 7 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease (PD). Incidence of PD in people with BPD was 0.7% vs 0.1% for those without BPD (HR 6.95; 95% CI: 6.95-8.02). Onset of PD earlier in those with BPD (64 vs 73 years; P < .001). For those with BPD, the risk of PD increased with the number of hospitalizations for psychiatric symptoms. These findings suggest a diagnosis of BPD with other findings of PD risk factors (eg, positive dopamine transporter [DaT] scan...
Diroximel fumarate (DRF)(ALKS8700, BIIB098; Alkermes, Waltham, MA and Biogen, Cambridge, MA) is an oral fumarate in development for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Like dimethyl fumarate (DMF) (Tecfidera; Biogen, Cambridge, MA), DRF is a prodrug that is converted to monomethyl fumarate. The unique chemical structure of DRF, however, creates potential for similar efficacy with better gastrointestinal tolerability; this is supported by interim data from week 48 of a 96-week open-label safety study (NCT02634307) presented at the American Academy of Neurology May 4-10 in Philadelphia,...
The nasally administered benzodiazepine spray midazolam (Nayzilam; UCB, Smyrna, GA) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for acute treatment of frequent seizure activity in people age 12 and up with epilepsy. The nasal spray is a single-use treatment that can be administered when a seizure cluster occurs. Midazolam is the first new medication approved for treating seizure clusters in more than 20 years in the US. In a randomized double-blind clinical trial (NCT01390220), a statistically significant higher proportion of seizure episodes treated with midazolam (n = 134)...
Regina Krel, MD; and Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS
Kate Onorato, MD; Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS; and Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS
Michelle L. Dougherty, MD, FAAN