Hope for Alzheimer's

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Creation Date October 29th, 2019
Updated Date Updated May 7th, 2020
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  1. In the 1970s, the founder of the National Institute on Aging convinced a nation that senility was really Alzheimer's and could be cured. Research money flowed to one theory, leaving alternatives unexamined — today it's come up short.
  2. Video games are often blamed for time-wasting and violence, but there’s a group of people proving this stereotype wrong. We meet the scientists behind a game designed to speed up finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and we speak to a teenager who plays it because “it’s something I can do to help people in my spare time”. Citizen science projects like this have had some remarkable successes, and gamers have been credited with significant research such as figuring out the structure of a protein that shares similarities with HIV. Fans of this model believe gaming has a huge part to play in the future of problem solving. Produced by Kathleen Hawkins (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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