Feel Good Friday

“It is still a fraught moment for providers and patients. The treatments require an extensive patient evaluation before being prescribed, regular infusions in their administration, and careful monitoring over time to catch potentially dangerous side effects — all a challenge for the US health system. Not enough doctors are trained in caring for patients with memory problems. There are not enough infusion centers. Medicare covers some of the scans … but not others.” In other words, the medical system might not be ready, but this is still a promising moment. A new era for Alzheimer’s treatment begins.

+ ‘Safe and effective’: first malaria vaccine to be rolled out in 12 African countries.

+ “India is the most movie-crazy country on the planet, and led the world in the number of tickets sold in 2022, according to Statista. Such scenes are common for India’s Bollywood epics. This time the frenzy is of a new flavor.” WSJ: Spider-Man’s Pavitr Prabhakar, Based on Peter Parker, Drives India Wild.

+ I am a Giants and baseball fanatic. My favorite moment of the season so far was when rookie (and Samoan!) Blake Sabol consoled a fan who was being booed after a fan-interference call. It’s so rare that a player would do something like this.

+ Yusef Salaam, one of the exonerated “Central Park Five,” has won a Democratic primary for a seat on the New York City Council, all but assuring him of eventual victory.

+ Amazon deforestation is down by a third in 2023, says Brazilian government. (It’s still happening, just slower.)

+ Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter mark 77th wedding anniversary at home in Plains, Georgia.

+ Can a ‘robotherapist’ deliver as good a massage as a human? (It’s feel good Friday. Why not finish with a happy ending…)

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