The Handoff: Your Week in Neurology News – 1/12/17

The Handoff is a weekly roundup of neurology news covering various developments in subspecialties, the pharmaceutical industry, and the overall state of health care as it affects neurologists.

— A editorial published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services calls into question the feasibility and long-term sustainability of mobile stroke units based on available research and costs. 

— NPR takes a light-hearted look at a new study that is examining the effects of fasting on symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The thought is that fasting helps alter the gut microbiome, in turn altering the pattern of inflammation associated with the autoimmune disease. 

— New research published in Brain suggests that for people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a single concussion can promote neurodegeneration and memory impairment. 

— A personalized, tablet-based care management tool may help patients with epilepsy better adhere to treatment plans and keep track of their symptoms. 

— The New York Times‘ Well blog looks at patients who choose to end treatment “against medical advice,” and why physicians shouldn’t jump to “noncompliant” conclusions. 

— The National Center for Policy Analysis recently took a hard stance against the FDA’s regulatory processes as a major player in sky-rocketing drug prices.  

— Take some time to read the raw, harrowing story of Zac Easter, a 20-something Iowan football star who committed suicide after dealing with chronic complications from concussions. Watch the video below to learn more about Easter, who was diagnosed posthumously with CTE.