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Women and Alzheimer's: Latest findings, facts and figures we ALL need to know.

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It is often thought that Alzheimer's disease is indiscriminate of age, race and gender.  Recent research, however, is showing that more women are diagnosed with the disease than men.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US.  Although there is no cure, the latest research focused on identifying, understanding and, ultimately proposing new ways of treatment and management, provide encouraging results. As of November, 2017:
Researchers at the Boston School of Medicine are formulating a new model of the anatomy of the disease. Close collaborations between researchers at the EPFL (ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE) and Rockefeller University have led to the discovery of a new toxic protein that affects the brain; providing an insight on how it ultimately attacks healthy neurons in brain tissue.  Scientists at the University of Twente have developed new optical technology that allows patients to visualize t…

Meet the "Mother of Hospice" and her endless support for women's health!

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In celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care month, we celebrate the dediation of Dr. Howell.  She is nationally known as the "mother of hospice".  The ability to identify and act upon the care needs of those who are at the end stages of their lives became the model of care that many organizations follow today.

Doris A. Howell, M.D., a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine, has devoted her life to improving the lives of others. A Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, and an internationally renowned leader hospice care, she was a faculty member at Harvard and Duke Schools of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  In 1974, she joined the faculty at UCSD Medical School and chaired the Department of Community and Family Medicine.

When first introduced to the hospice concept in 1968, Dr. Howell immediately embraced this radical departure from the established way of dealing with the dying and their families. H…