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Alzheimer’s Disease: Controversy, Scandals and New Theories

Donald Weaver The Conversation
Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease. Studying beta-amyloids as abnormal proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease has not translated into a useful drug or therapy. A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition.

The FDA Is Broken

Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer The Washington Monthly
How the Food and Drug Administration messes up approval of new drugs including the new one, aducanumab, that supposedly helps Alzheimer’s disease patients.

A Rare Success Against Alzheimer's

Miia Kivipelto, Krister Håkansson Scientific American
A gold-standard clinical trial provides evidence that diet, exercise and an active social life can help prevent cognitive decline

Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Amy Goodman Democracy Now
With advanced dementia, when people no longer can recognize their own family members, they stop speaking. But when they hear music that’s familiar from their youth, because those memories are preserved, they come alive. They connect with that. It’s a direct sort of a backdoor to that failing cognitive system right to the emotional system, which is really very much intact.

Friday Nite Videos -- September 20, 2013

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Back in Brown with Aasif Mandvi. Why Are American Health Care Costs So High? The Black NRA. After Tiller: Documentary. Copenhagen Metro Peer Gynt Flash Mob. NFL: League of Denial.
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