The other weekend, I was talking with a friend about Parkinson’s Disease. One of our synagogue members is succumbing; during the discussion, my friend mentioned that his mom also suffered from the ailment. And, when I told him so did my grandfather, he mentioned how he was surprised that L-Dopa was the experimental treatment his mom tried- and that the doctor who was involved was at St. Barnabas in New York. To which I replied, he meant Dr. Bill Cooper- which blew him away. Because that was the name he was trying to draw up in his memory. It was pretty clear that we must have crossed paths some 47 years ago.
Recover memories with brain implants? Really?
DARPA (the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) hopes so. Of course, their goal is to heal the soldiers who have been brain injured by war. By memory, we are not talking about helping the warfighter recall his or her name, but motor skills and other tasks that are necessary for life or to earn a living. But, like many a NASA advances of old, these developments may also help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, among other folks. How many folks suffer from memory losses? How about 1.7 million new subjects a year!