Acontroversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease is raising tough questions: Who should take it? Who will pay for it? And how will we know how well it works? But that’s not the only Alzheimer’s news during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Recent USC research shows that members of an isolated indigenous group in the Bolivian Amazon have healthier brains that age more slowly — possibly because of healthy diet and exercise. And another study finds that texted messages, tailored to African Americans, can increase knowledge about Alzheimer’s in the Black community.

More than 5 million Americans are living with the memory-erasing disease, and USC remains one of the top private institutions in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. Here’s a look at some of the latest topics that USC researchers are studying.

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