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Dec

20

Denying older adults their right to vote: the folly of burdensome absentee ballot requirements

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 12:25pm

This essay is also published in the Raleigh News & Observer. See also Kimberly Leonard's article "Keeping the mentally incompetent from voting" in The Atlantic and this short essay on...

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Nov

25

It is possible to both have and not have Alzheimer's disease....

Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 1:02pm

Contradictory as this statement is, a study reported from the Alzheimers Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) supports it.

In a paper published in the October issue of the Annals of Neurology [Landau S, Mintun M, Joshi AD, et al. Amyloid deposition, hypometabolism and longitudinal cognitive decline. Annals of Neurology. 2012;72:578-86] investigators reported the results of biomarker studies of 53 patients with dementia caused by Alzheimers...

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Nov

02

Denying older adults’ their right to vote: the folly of burdensome absentee ballot requirements

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 12:21pm

Among residents of long term care facilities who want to vote—and studies estimate that on average about one-third and in some facilities as many as three-quarters do vote—nearly all require an absentee ballot, but for residents of in many nursing homes state requirements for what is a valid absentee ballot mean that their vote may not count.

Nursing home residents are typically disabled to the degree they need assistance performing many of life’s basic activities...

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Oct

21

Literally, enough! And also, about those "many hats"....

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 8:58am

Literally: The Word is--Literally--Viral.

Literally. It is, literally, everywhere. It is infecting our natural speech, causing us to speak in a simpler, repetitive manner. Literally, not a single conversation, or even, literally, a sentence is uttered, without, literally, this word making its literal appearance. Literally. Litralalalalaaaalalee. Friends, we need a semantic cure.

The problem is...

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Sep

24

"Normal" brains, waning with age... what is normal?

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 8:43pm

The Philadelphia Inquirer investigates the aging brain, discussing ways that diminished executive function impacts older adults. Just as our muscles and eyes typically decline with age, so too do our brains. Jason Karlawish, MD, professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, said there's growing interest in...

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Jul

19

Researchers discover uncharted territory in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 9:12am

The earliest maps of a new land, when viewed beside contemporary maps, often have the look of a child's drawing. The borders are rough, whole regions are missing, others misrepresented. If people followed such a map, they might get terribly lost. And yet, some map is better than none at all.

This week, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver, researchers from the Mayo Clinic reported results of their study of potential biomarkers for...

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