Yes, You Do Have the Power to Ward off Dementia

The Tyee, By Jude Isabella

Recent science confirms conventional brain health wisdoms, and throws a few curveballs.

[Editor's note: Science writer Jude Isabella recently attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Chicago, and her dispatches are running on The Tyee this week. Stay tuned for more.]

To live a [...]

Soaring number of elderly U.S. women live in extreme poverty

Raw Story, By David Ferguson

According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the number of elderly U.S. women who live in extreme poverty has spiked abruptly since the previous year. Think Progress reported that a study by the NWLC showed an 18 percent increase in the population of women over 65 who are living [...]

Obama proposes brain mapping project

(BBC) – Speaking at the White House, he announced an initial $100m investment to shed light on how the brain works and provide insight into diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.

President Obama said initiatives like the Human Genome Project had transformed genetics; now he wants to do the same with the brain.

The project [...]

Bad Medicine

Run, do not walk, to the local newsstand and pick up a copy of this week’s Time Magazine for the lengthy investigative reporting done by Steven Brill on the price-gouging and profiteering of the American medical system. From doctors to hospitals to insurance companies (which actually almost come off as heroes in this tale), Brill [...]

A Sensible Reform To Social Security

In the wake of the fiscal bump in the road, much was left undone in fixing the economy while paying down some of the outstanding debt. A lot of trial balloons are being floated, and I want to focus on one for now: Social Security. [...]

Throwing Supporters Under The Bus – It’s Easy If You’re A D.C. Insider

You really should click on over to AmericaBlog to read Gaius Publius on what the DC insiderers have decided is a great deal for everyone the care about: Obama’s fiscal cliff frame: “Let’s each kill one of our own”.

Politico discusses the Klein-described deal, and in the process, confirms that this is where the discussion [...]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad “Grand Bargain” Idea

According to latte-sippers Ezra Klein and Jonathan Chait, the shape of a Grand Bargain to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is: Republicans agree to a measly rise in the top marginal tax rate to 37% and Democrats give them a two year rise in eligibility for Medicare in return.

Economists Paul Krugman and Mark Thoma agree [...]

One-third of Americans say they need to work into their 80s

Salon, By Natasha Lennard

Nearly one-third of Americans say they plan to work into their 80s since they can’t afford to retire earlier, according to a Harris Institute survey.

As Bonnie Kavoussi noted in the Huffington Post, “Retirement is becoming an unaffordable luxury for a growing number of middle-class Americans.” She attributes the increasing inability [...]

Down syndrome may be key to new Alzheimer’s treatments

Julie Steenhuysen | Chicago | Reuters

In a new lead on Alzheimer’s research, Johnson & Johnson is bankrolling a three-year pilot study of people with Down syndrome to identify the early changes that herald dementia, which afflicts up to 75 percent of adults with the condition.

The aim is to generate support for a much [...]

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