Concerns About Dementia Screening

A push for early detection and treatment, even in the absence of cognitive symptoms, of the amyloid plaques that indicate a risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias has some researchers worried.

Waiting for the Forgetting to Begin

Using a jarred brain as a teaching tool, my dad showed my 8-year-old self how brains with Alzheimer’s disease become smaller, and how wide grooves develop in the cerebral cortex. But only after his death – and my mother’s confession about whose brain occupied that jar – did I figure out that my father was quite literally demonstrating how this disease runs through our heads.