Can we head off the dementia tsunami?

By 2050 there will be some 25 million Alzheimer’s patients, adding to the burden of care of our aging population, and bringing a colossal personal, medical and economic impact.

Jeffrey Cummings of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Richard Payne of the Duke Divinity School, and Gregory Petsko of Brandeis University sat down with Lisa Witter of Fenton to talk over the issue, one of TEDMED’s Great Challenges in health and medicine. Where is the science on Alzheimer’s?  Are there ways to prevent it?  And how can we better prepare caregivers?

What do you think we should be doing now to prep for what Cummings calls  “the unacceptable future?”  Share your thoughts on the interactive Great Challenges web site.

Fake food and the obesity crisis

How much of our nation’s obesity crisis is driven by an overabundance of processed food — and a lack of access to the real stuff?

In a new video series co-produced by TEDMED and Fenton Studios, and filmed at TEDMED 2012, Tracie McMillan, author of “The American Way of Eating” and David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital sat down with Lisa Witter to discuss the issue.

What do you think contributes most to the obesity crisis? Share your thoughts and ask our team of thought leaders on the TEDMED Great Challenges website.

Fenton Studios films conversations at TEDMED: sneak preview

As leaders and innovators took the TEDMED stage to present their ideas about health and medicine today and in the future, Delegates were having their own conversations between presentations, inspired by the talks, each other, and by the Great Challenges program.

Fenton Studios filmed discussions by speakers, Delegates and Great Challenge Advocates on some of the most pressing and complex issues — topics like the role of stress and loneliness in disease, and the coming dementia tsunami — led by chief change officer Lisa Witter and executive producer Victor Neufeld. Fenton and TEDMED will release clips throughout the next few weeks; follow @fentonprogress for updates.

In this preview, Witter interviews Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer of The Cleveland Clinic, and Vice President for Global Health at Johnson & Johnson, Scott Ratzan, M.D.