My review of Stanley Prusiner's autobiography is published

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:38pm

 Near the end of Stanley Prusiner’s memoir of his Nobel Prize-winning research into the cause of such devastating neurological diseases as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Mad Cow Disease, he recounts how, after a talk at the Aspen Institute, his host admonished him for delivering overly sobering remarks on Alzheimer’s disease. “You have to give people some hope,” his host told him. “You need to give them some reason to believe that Alzheimer...

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Catching up on me and AD and related disorders

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:34am

I've been too, too busy at the desk and also on the road – all of it trying to make sense of Alzheimers disease, dementia and the aging brain/mind. Some key events included attending the Alzheimer's Association International Congress (AAIC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The image is...

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How to assess decisionmaking capacity... an audio lecture

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:18pm

In April 2014, I delivered on on-line lecture on the assessment of decisionmaking capacity. The talk was organized by NAPSA, the National Adult Protective Services Association, and you can...

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We all have Alzheimer's....

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 7:00am

The April issue of Health Affairs, is dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a thorough and thoughtful set of articles edited by Darmouth’s Julie Bynum, MD.

AlzForum covered the...

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A blood test for Alzheimer's??? Not so fast....

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:22pm

Nature Medicine published a study reporting how in a cohort of 500 someodd adults -- average age in their 70's -- a blood measure of various lipids predicted the group who, over three yeas of follow up, was likely to develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimers' disease dementia. I spoke with...

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Medicine by the numbers

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 2:19pm

Follow this link to my NY Times op-ed on the new American College of Cardiology guidelines on the treatment of cardiovascular disease. I write how the guidelines that feature an "omnibus risk calculator" -- that name! -- are yet another example of the rise of actuarial practices in medicine, what I have coined "...

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