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Marks of Alzheimer's Seen in Last Murdoch Novel

Researchers in London who analyzed the final novel by author Iris Murdoch have detected signs of Alzheimer's disease in the book's language. Murdoch wrote Jackson's Dilemma just before she was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Dr. Peter Garrard, lead author of the study.

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As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.