A soundly researched, well-written approach to Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment.

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ALZHEIMER'S, MEMORY LOSS, AND MCI

THE LATEST SCIENCE FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Two authorities in longevity medicine provide a breakthrough approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease.

The philosophy underlying our inefficient and failing health care system is itself flawed. Formulated to deal with acute conditions through the application of “magic bullet” solutions, contemporary medicine fails to understand and effectively treat chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. So argue doctors Leonardi and Daley who offer a thorough six-step approach to the disease that, they say, can prevent or treat both Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s. Leonardi and Daley use simple metaphors to explain the disease; they compare the brain’s overload of amyloid protein (one of the causes of Alzheimer’s) to “a sink with the faucet running and the drain blocked.” The doctors have obviously put much thought into how to talk to patients and caregivers clearly and compassionately. “The purpose of this book,” the authors write, “is to teach you what we teach our patients.” Their discussion of their treatment philosophy is also simple, but their methodology shows an expert’s understanding of this complex condition. Reduction of oxidants, “rustproofing,” improving genetic predisposition through food supplements, protecting and defending the brain, maintaining healthy hormone levels, engaging in “brain aerobics,” meditation and sound sleep: These are some of the topics covered to arm patients and caregivers with a multipronged approach. While many books that deal with Alzheimer’s accept the medical orthodoxy, this revolutionary patient-centered approach gives both patients and caregivers an arsenal of techniques to cope with MCI and Alzheimer’s disease. Written with clarity and precision, this book can provide a positive framework for patients, family and treatment specialists who are open to this thoughtful program.

A soundly researched, well-written approach to Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment.

Pub Date: July 16, 2012

ISBN: 978-1470030476

Page Count: 192

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2012

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An inspiring memoir that will thrill soccer fans as well as social justice activists.

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ONE LIFE

The soccer superstar discusses her life on and off the field and how she has used celebrity in the service of social justice.

Rapinoe grew up in “an athletic family” in small-town Northern California. Early in childhood, she and her identical twin, Rachael, revealed exceptional physical gifts. Both began playing soccer on a boys team at age 6 and quickly overshadowed peers with their "instinctive hand-eye coordination and physical fearlessness.” Later, they played on an all-female team their father created until both were selected to join a bigger, more competitive one in Sacramento. As their soccer skills developed, the sisters discovered a passion for justice of all kinds. “My sister and I have this in common: nothing riles us up more than bullying, cheating, unfairness,” writes the author. Eventually, this passion for social justice became the cornerstone of Rapinoe's stances on such issues as LGBTQ+ rights, pay equity in sports, and the Black Lives Matter movement. When the author reached college in 2004, she surpassed Rachael as an athlete and received an invitation to play in the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand. In 2006, she joined the U.S. national team as the "youngest and least experienced player.” A major knee injury put her out of contention for the 2008 Olympic team but also taught her the meaning of patience and humility. After college, she turned professional and, in 2012, publicly came out as a lesbian. After a World Cup victory in 2015, Rapinoe became a vocal advocate for pay increases for female athletes, and in 2016, she took a knee to protest racial injustice. This candid memoir about an outspoken White athlete who has consciously "extend[ed] [her] privilege" to those marginalized people both in and out of the sporting world is sure to engage general audiences and soccer fans alike.

An inspiring memoir that will thrill soccer fans as well as social justice activists.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-984881-16-8

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Penguin Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2020

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A cleareyed, concise look at current and future affairs offering pertinent points to reflect and debate.

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TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

The CNN host and bestselling author delivers a pithy roundup of some of the inevitable global changes that will follow the current pandemic.

Examining issues both obvious and subtler, Zakaria sets out how and why the world has changed forever. The speed with which the Covid-19 virus spread around the world was shocking, and the fallout has been staggering. In fact, writes the author, “it may well turn out that this viral speck will cause the greatest economic, political, and social damage to humankind since World War II.” The U.S., in particular, was exposed as woefully unprepared, as government leadership failed to deliver a clear, practical message, and the nation’s vaunted medical institutions were caught flat-footed: "Before the pandemic…Americans might have taken solace in the country’s great research facilities or the huge amounts of money spent on health care, while forgetting about the waste, complexity and deeply unequal access that mark it as well." While American leaders wasted months denying the seriousness of Covid-19 and ignoring the advice of medical experts, other countries—e.g., South Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan—acted swiftly and decisively, underscoring one of the author's main themes and second lesson: "What matters is not the quantity of government but the quality.” Discussing how “markets are not enough,” the author astutely shoots down the myth that throwing money at the problem can fix the situation; as such, he predicts a swing toward more socialist-friendly policies. Zakaria also delves into the significance of the digital economy, the resilience of cities (see the success of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei in suppressing the virus), the deepening of economic inequality around the world, how the pandemic has exacerbated the rift between China and the U.S. (and will continue to do so), and why “people should listen to the experts—and experts should listen to the people."

A cleareyed, concise look at current and future affairs offering pertinent points to reflect and debate.

Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-393-54213-4

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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