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Friday, September 06, 2013
Poet Jeanne Murray Walker talks about her mother's long passage into dementia. In The Geography of Memory explores parental love, grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory. Her mother's memory, which more and more dwells in the distant past, illuminates Walker's own childhood, and helps her rediscover and understand her own past.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and staff writer for The New Yorker, explains new approaches to Alzheimer’s research for this week’s Please Explain. Three decades of Alzheimer’s research has brought few results in changing the course of the disease, and there have been few developments in drugs to reverse or slow cognitive decline. In his latest article, “Before Night Falls,” in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker, he looks at the potential of new studies.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Gerard Lordahl, the Greening Director of GrowNYC, answers all your questions about summer gardening! Then T. D. Allman looks at how the state of Florida went from being a swampy backwater to the nation’s fourth most populous state, which is playing a key role in 21st century America. Alan Cox and Emily Barber talk about “Cornelius,” a long forgotten play by J.B. Priestely, one of Britain’s greatest dramatists. Our latest Please Explain is about new insights into Alzheimer’s disease.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We're following a new development about research into Alzheimer's treatment and prevention. On Tuesday, drug manufacturer Eli Lilly stopped two late-stage clinical trials of a treatment after researchers found an experimental drug was actually making Alzheimer’s symptoms worse. The news is just one more setback in a long series of setbacks for attempts to cure or prevent the deadly disease.
However, there was some good news recently: determining who will get Alzheimer's. Researchers reported a few weeks ago that a spinal test can predict — with 100 percent accuracy — whether people who are experiencing severe memory loss will get the disease. However, there is nothing medically that can be done, even if you know it's coming.
We’re asking, is it better to know if you're going to get Alzheimer's, or is it easier to stay in the dark? Do you have a relative with Alzheimer's? What would you have done differently if you'd had known it was coming?