Making sense of the medical, ethical and social challenges of Alzheimer's disease

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:46pm

Jason Karlawish, MD, is quoted in a series of articles that explores the medical, ethical, and social challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Push Underway to Cut Drugs for Dementia Patients
Antipsychotics are meant primarily to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they're also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to...

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Coach Pat Summitt announces she has Alzheimers disease and will still coach the Lady Vols

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 8:24am

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Jason Karlawish about Pat Summitt's announcement that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and will continue as head coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team. Here's the lead of the story:

"Jason Karlawish, associate director of the Penn Memory Center...

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Selected essays....

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 9:26pm

Below are selected essay with links to download several of them (many thanks to the University of Pennsylvania's Scholarly Commons that houses these dowloads).

1. The voting rights of older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairment:

Voting by Elderly Persons with Cognitive Impairment: Lessons from Other...

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Fear of Alzheimer's High, but Denial Less, Survey Shows

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 2:20pm

As reported in USA Today, attitudes about memory-robbing Alzheimer's disease are evolving in a positive direction, a five-country survey suggests. Responses show that Alzheimer's is the second most-feared disease after cancer, except in Poland, where it's third, behind cancer and heart disease. Eight in 10 respondents said they would go to a doctor if they experienced confusion or memory loss. As many as 99% would take a family member with memory loss to the doctor. While...

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Don’t be wary of discussing clinical trials with patients

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:00am

In an article entitled “Don’t be wary of discussing clinical trials with patients” on American Medical News, Jason Karlawish, MD, discusses the question of what ethical obligation physicians have to patients who meet the trial eligibility criteria and are interested in participating. Click here to read the article.

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How risk is transforming aging, disease and medicine. Or, learning to practice desktop medicine.

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:00pm

In the Fall of 2010, while I was writing in my study, a phrase finally came to me: “desktop medicine.” It was one of those revelations. For years, I had been thinking about risk and medicine. 

This term describes how a desk with a networked computer is transforming medical science and, in turn, medical practice. Unlike bedside medicine that organizes the physician-patient relationship around the chief complaint guided history and physical and diagnosis based...

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