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Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, introduces two arguments against believing in miracles. He focuses on the kind of inference upon which believers rely, and reframes David Hume’s famous argument against believing in miracles.

New Hormone-Receptor System in Plants

Mike Sussman, Director, UW Biotechnology Center, describes a signaling pathway that regulates cell expansion in the root cells of Arabidopsis plants, a model organism related to cabbage and mustard that is the plant scientist's fruit fly. This discovery is the first such pathway found for the plant kingdom, revealing the details of how a particular hormone docks with a cell.

Cerebral Palsy: An Integrated Approach

Michael Ward, Program Director, Waisman Center Neuromotor Clinics, discusses ways that interdisciplinary clinical care can help people with cerebral palsy and their families maximize understanding and optimize choices for interventions through the lifespan.

A Population Perspective on Cerebral Palsy

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Cerebral Palsy Network and reviews the latest findings on the number and characteristics of children living with cerebral palsy, including information on motor functioning and co-occurring conditions.

Monitoring and Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ruth Benedict, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW-Madison, provides an overview of the classification systems and assessment tools for determining functioning level of children with cerebral palsy. Benedict offers interventions to maximize function.

Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Kim Petersen, M.D., Retired Geriatrician & Dementia Specialist, delves into the common physical and behavioral changes that occur with dementia and their causes. Petersen explains specific symptoms, what to look for and what to expect.

Tools for Assessing Dementia

Kim Petersen, M.D., Retired Geriatrician & Dementia Specialist, explains various tools used to assess dementia in patients. He looks at the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-NPI, Behave-AD, Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory, Geriatric Depression Scale and the Pain-AD.

Electric Organs in the Strong-Voltage Electric Eel

Lindsay Traeger, Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the electric eel, a freshwater fish from South America, which can generate voltage using three electric organs in its tail made up of electrocytes. Understanding the complex traits of electrocytes may help with the development of biobatteries.

Traces of Prescription Drugs Found in Lake Michigan

Curtis Hedman, Advanced Microbiologist, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, discusses the pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) found two miles offshore from Milwaukee in Lake Michigan. Toxicological findings show that the contaminants were found at concentrations considered at medium or high risk for aquatic organisms.

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