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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 5,398 views]

By James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.

compelling new article in USA Today about early onset Alzheimer’s reminds us that dementia is not solely a disease of the elderly.  In fact, the first patient in whom Alzheimer described the disease — that would later bear his name —  was in her 50’s when symptoms became apparent.  Diagnosis shocks young dementia victims – USATODAY.com  Though age is the most powerful risk factor for dementia, some 5 percent of those afflicted by Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia, develop symptoms before reaching …

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[18 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 3,466 views]
Glee Over Glia

By Rebecca Shafir
I highly suggest a fascinating book by R. Douglas Fields called “The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science”
These discoveries undermine the Neuron Doctrine in which the neurons “rule” the brain.
He points out the glial cells (glia is Greek for “glue”), which are not neurons, play a greater role in brain function than previously thought. Glial cells provide support and nutrition in the brain, form myelin, and participate in signal transmission. Fields, however, suggests that consciousness may arise …

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[16 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 2,924 views]

Inspired by Dr. Hallowell’s recent appearance on Dr. Oz re: ADHD and marriage, it reminded me of those many couples craving connection who would like nothing more than to be heard wholeheartedly, or mindfully. In my book “The Zen of Listening” I describe mindful listening as forgetting yourself and your assumptions (past and future), listening with curiosity to understand with the possibility of that you just might change your mind. Certainly a Herculean task for many of us, but any effort in this direction takes us closer to real connection.
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