Humans and bioengineering, Managing Alzheimer’s

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An elderly couple walks down a hall of a nursing home
An elderly couple walks down a hall of a nursing home in Easton, Pa. Research released on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths yearly. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Humans have been changing the other species around them long before genetic engineering was possible. We dig into the ups and downs of bioengineering in the past and what it can teach us today. A doctor also shares different ways we can care for loved ones with dementia and look out for ourselves.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Beth Shapiro Guest
  • Dr. Andrew Budson Guest

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