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What's Health Got to Do with It?

Unlocking the health care of the mind

Illustration by Anna Vignet/KQED

On this week’s program, we take a closer look at two brain conditions that challenge scientists’ understanding of the human mind. Lewy body dementia is a type of dementia that affects attention, sleep, movement and cognitive functioning. Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Philip Tipton walks us through symptoms such as hallucinations and tremors, treatment interventions and research advancements.

Then, Christine Sakdalan, the U.S. head of the Mental Health Franchise at Boehringer Ingelheim, discusses the characteristics and misconceptions of schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia can experience delusions, hallucinations and disordered thinking leading to impairment. Sakdalan shares research and resources for those coping with schizophrenia and their caretakers.

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Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.