The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs–relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of the drug’s effect is too strong

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In this installment of NPR’s series Inside Alzheimer’s, we hear from Greg O’Brien about his decision to sell the home where he and his wife raised their three children. O’Brien, a longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009

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That’s because he has Alzheimer’s. Already his memories are fading or jumbled. He forgets things he said only minutes earlier. He asks the same questions over and over and over again. And my father, an avid devourer of books all his life, has stopped reading, which has been the most heartbreaking change for me to witness

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For decades, first-year medical students have had to cram the details of the Krebs cycle into their heads. Now the biomedical model of educating doctors, based largely on a century-old document called The Flexner Report, is coming under fire

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Should we erase and replace bad memories?

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