On transitions and identity: A reflection by Stanford’s Philip Pizzo – Stanford School of Medicine

Diet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia risk – CNN

Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests.

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Millennials Want Jobs and Education, Not Marriage and Kids – TIME

Millennials in the United States have a different set of values on social and economic topics than the generations before them, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Study Shows Protein in Human Umbilical Cord Blood Rejuvenates Old Mice’s Impaired Learning, Memory – Stanford Medicine

Human umbilical cord blood can rejuvenate learning and memory in older mice, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers identified a protein, abundant in human cord blood but decreasingly so with advancing age, that had the same effect when injected into the animals.

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How the Ticking Clock Kills – Stanford Business

Many years ago, when Stanford University switched to a new payroll software platform, professor Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford Graduate School of Business noticed something interesting when he examined his pay statement. Even though he is not paid by the hour, the statement displayed an hourly pay rate. Curious, the organizational behavior professor sought to understand how the university came up with that number. The answer: The hourly pay was his annual salary divided by 2,080 — 52 weeks times 40 hours per week. What was even more interesting was his psychological response to that information.

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Supporting, and Getting Support, from Loved Ones after a Dementia Diagnosis – The Sacramento Bee

“I try to tell my kids that I am a mere shadow of the woman I once was, but so far they still think I’m that other woman.”

The words of that reader reveal another slice of the dementia story, of loved ones who desperately want to cling to the past, rejecting what is while hoping in vain for what once was. They are among the secondary sufferers coping with the empathetic sadness and confusion of watching those they care for lose the ability to remember or think clearly.

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‘Everybody Knows Somebody’: This State is a Laboratory for the Future of Alzheimer’s in America – PBS

North Dakota’s sparse geography has long made it a natural frontier: Pioneers here pushed the boundaries of westward expansion, then agriculture, and recently domestic oil drilling. Now the state finds itself on the leading edge of a new boom that it never would have chosen: Alzheimer’s disease.

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Older people need regular exercise, and studies find they are better off for it – The Washington Post

Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them.

“Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages,” says Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). “In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.”

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Heart Risks in Midlife Tied to Brain Plaques of Alzheimer’s – The New York Times

Being obese, smoking or having high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes in midlife is associated with an increased risk of dementia later in life. Now researchers have found these five risk factors correlate with the development, years later, of amyloid brain plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

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