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“I have tried to live in a a world that does not
see color but have only succeeded in living in a world
that does not see me.” — Kafui Dzirasa , M.D.,
researchers, Nicholas Balderston and Meaghan Creed, were selected as the winners of the 2021 Klerman and Freedman Prizes.
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ONE HUNDRED FOUR of 818 first responders to 9/11 show signs of cognitive impairment. 15 components make up
the MIND diet, which has shown to reduce a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and helps maintain cognition in older adults.
brains have been donated since 2008 to the Veterans
Administration, Boston University, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation collaboration for CTE Research.
The year the average life span is expected to reach age 90.
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Africans are helping the NeuroGap- Psychosis project collect and study data to find genetic markers linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 35,000
$56,000 is the amount Biogen plans to charge for its new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm.
overdose deaths occurred as a result of the pandemic in 2020, a 30 percent increase over the previous year.
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BY THE NUMBERS IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK, THE NOUN PROJECT KAFUI DZIRASA PHOTO: LES TODD / DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY BRAIN TREE ILLUSTRATION: ISTOCK
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