Medical Innovation: On the Edge of Change

Of the 10 most-common deadly diseases,
dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) is the only one that has no
treatment. But—finally—we are on the cusp of potential diagnoses and therapies,
said panelists at an “Advancing Medical Innovation” conference yesterday in Washington, DC.

“The great news is if we develop therapies
for Alzheimer’s disease, which is very common, we’ll be developing therapies
for fronto-temporal dementia (which is less common) and Lewy body disease,”
said Dennis Selkoe of Harvard Institute of Medicine. “Rare diseases can
piggyback on common diseases, and all of them can move forward,” said Selkoe,
also a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

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Summer Reading List: Brain Books

Last year I wrote a summer reading list blog, highlighting brain books recently published by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Since then, our members have published a number of new books on topics ranging from addiction to free will to neurogastronomy. When you get around to finishing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (it’s everywhere!), here are some great books to keep in mind (descriptions are taken directly from the publishers’ websites).

The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine, by Michael Kuhar, FT Science Press.
“Addiction destroys lives. In The Addicted Brain, a leading neuroscientist explains how and why this happens–and presents advances in treatment and prevention. Using breathtaking brain imagery and other research, Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., shows the powerful, long-term brain changes that drugs can cause, revealing why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape their grip.”

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