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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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Jun

23

From Clinician to Creative Writer...

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3:16pm

Jason Karlawish had a secret. For years, he kept it from his family, his friends, and his closest colleagues. When the truth came out, many were impressed, some were skeptical, but few were surprised: Dr. Karlawish, a geriatrician and professor of medicine and medical ethics, had become a novelist. And as of this fall, he is a published author on a book tour.

While medicine has been his profession for many years, Dr. Karlawish actually has been a fiction writer for...

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Apr

29

From dependency to interdependency: Pat Summitt’s challenge to America.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 8:28am

Pat Summitt’s announcement that, at the age of 59, she has been diagnosed with dementia caused by Alzheimers disease is sad news. Her plan to continue working as the head coach of the eight-time NCAA Division I national championship University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is a shot heard round an aging world.

A person diagnosed with dementia still working? The idea seems bizarre, and yet a big money college athletic...

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Mar

14

What we talk about when we talk about Alzheimer's disease.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:20am

Just one year after President Obama signed the National Alzheimers Project Act into law, the U.S. is beginning to talk about Alzheimers disease. With input from 23 federal departments and agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued the nation’s first National Alzheimers Plan, and the President’s budget proposes to increase funding for Alzheimers research and care by at least $156 million.

Alzheimers disease is now a national problem that we...

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Feb

27

Prisoners with dementia - the moral challenges of cognitive impairment

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:10pm

Today, I read Pam Belluck’s Sunday New York Times article about prisoners with dementia. Her story reminds me about why I decided to focus my medical practice on persons with late-life cognitive disorders.
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