What kind of shape is YOUR brain in? Have you had an injury that has affected the way it functions? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). Help is on the way: researchers have created a prosthetic device capable of restoring decision-making in people who have reduced capacity due to brain disease or injury. It works in non-human primates, and they believe that one day it will be possible in people. This could be the END of Alzheimer’s.
It’s football season again, which brings up the topic of concussions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). New research shows that professional football players may be at a higher risk of death from diseases that damage the cells in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), compared to the general US population.
Much as we’d hate to lose two of our favorite sports–football and hockey–they are causing head injuries that lead to early Alzheimer’s disease, not to mention extreme headaches. And in Europe and South America, in what we call soccer (and they call football) is the most popular sport, there are plenty of head injuries too.