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A small bet, at the right time and place

I arrived at OHSU in 2013, a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. I had just completed my...

Caregiver corner: Pleasant Events tool can aid overtaxed caregivers

A demoralizing effect of Alzheimer’s disease and similar dementias is the gradual loss of ability to engage in enjoyable and meaningful activities. This loss affects the whole family and can lead...

Researcher and neurologist grateful for early-career grant

The Oregon Charitable Tax Checkoff grant was the first research grant I ever received. I was a neurology resident at the time, and with guidance from Dr. Jeff Kaye, the OHSU Layton Aging and...

Reflections: Memory, melody and jazz

We're gearing up for the Portland screening of the film "Una Vida" on Monday, April 27. A panel discussion from three neuro-experts will follow the film, including artist Tim DuRoche. Tim will share...

Family touched by Alzheimer’s gives back

Richard Sloop, M.D., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the late 1990s. The news hit the family hard, and raised serious questions: How do we handle care? What will be required? Dr....

The connection between the brain, sleep and dementia

Last week, I talked about ongoing research on how sleep "deep cleans" your brain, as well as my participation in the National Geographic Channel's documentary Sleepless in America. Meanwhile, our...

Sleepless in America — and the science behind it

There’s nothing quite like that feeling in your head after a long night of...no sleep. Your head feels disorganized, foggy, fuzzy, jumbled. Like it’s full of sludge left over from the night...

Health watch: Jogging your memory

In March, researchers conducting a study of older adults announced a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Of course, the test is very preliminary and the testing process,...