News Above the Noise: Week of February 12, 2023
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1. Is An Effective Alzheimer’s Treatment Finally on the Way?
Roughly six million people in the U.S. and 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and scientists have debated the causes of cognitive decline for decades. Now, trial results testing a new treatment are being called a “significant breakthrough.” Read more on The New Yorker about what this means for Alzheimer’s patients.
2. Beyoncé and LeBron James Break Long-Standing Records
Two major records, previously held for decades, were broken this week by one of the greatest musicians and one of the greatest basketball players of all time. LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's leading scorer, and Beyoncé’s Grammy wins made her the most awarded in the history of the program. Find out how these superstars raised the bar in sports and music on ESPN and Variety.
3. No Matter Who Wins, the First Super Bowl with 2 Black Quarterbacks Will Be a Historic Game
For the first time in 57 Super Bowls, both teams will start a Black quarterback as Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to face off in Super Bowl LVII. Learn about those who paved the way for this groundbreaking matchup, how the 2022 season was already historic for Black quarterbacks, and where there is still room for improvement on NPR.
4. To Age or Not to Age? And How Can Any of Us Age in the Public Eye?
The reaction to Madonna’s Grammy appearance exemplified how society treats aging women, no matter how they try to do it. You can read analyses on The Washington Post and The New York Times about the public’s toxic fears about aging and judgements on whether or not older women choose to undergo youth-preserving medical procedures.
5. The Biggest Moments From Biden’s 2023 State of the Union
Joe Biden became the oldest U.S. president to deliver a State of the Union during this year’s address. As he spoke before Congress for the first time since Republicans won control of the House majority, President Biden highlighted the progress of our country’s economy and made an appeal for bipartisanship on major issues such as immigration, gun reform, prescription drug costs, and abortion. This roundup by TIME explains some of the biggest moments from Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address. .