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Global Challenges

Updated 08/04/2017

More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and
that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real
progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification
more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough
in Alzheimer's research from his lab as well as a message of hope. "Alzheimer's
is a disease," Cohen says, "and we can cure it."

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer's, most of us respond with
("It won't happen to me") or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health
expert and TED 
Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She's taking three concrete
steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets
Alzheimer's disease.

The Risky Politics of Progress (18:16)                                                                                                  11/15/2016
Global problems such as terrorism, inequality and political dysfunction aren't easy
to solve, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying. In fact, suggests 
Jonathan Tepperman, we might even want to think riskier. He traveled the world
to ask global leaders how they're tackling hard problems — and unearthed
surprisingly hopeful stories that he's distilled into three tools for problem-solving.

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's (13:56)                                                                        05/01/2017
Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author 
of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease —
and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an
Alzheimer's-resistant brain.

June Ann (Prunty) Zurkammer - lost to Alzheimer's May 18, 2017, born January 11, 1933