Can advances in brain scans and other testing techniques help us predict who will come down with Alzheimer’s — decades before symptoms show? Reisa Sperling of Brigham and Women’s Hospital reports on the latest research in battling a disease whose symptoms show up far too late to cure.
Reisa Sperling at TEDMED 2012
Sperling’s work in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) study was published July 11th in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this work, a team of researchers offered a timeline of the disease progression, with biomarkers, including changes in brain size and spinal fluid, evident as early as 25 years before the onset of symptoms. Read more about it here.
Surgery at the press of a button: Why not? In the not-too-distant future, machines will be able to handle most medical tasks. Missy Cummings talks about embracing our computerized future to advance human medical expertise.
What does a brainstorm actually sound like? MIGUEL NICOLELIS, pioneer in brain-machine interfaces, lets us listen in. He also talks about how a walking, feeling avatar, controlled entirely by the mind, is not science fiction – it’s our near future.
Does having 6-pack abs mean you’re healthy? Alexandra Drane talks to GABBY REECE and LAIRD HAMILTON about what everyday health and wellness looks like at every age and stage of life — and not just for star athletes, but for everyone.