IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which  patients-some of them unresponsive for years-flicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. You’ll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …

Jennifer Jaff: A Tireless Advocate for Patient Rights

Jennifer Jaff was a bigger fan of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam than she was of Friedrich Nietzsche. All the same, she proved that the German’s philosopher’s stock aphorism, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” is more than a cliché. In 1975, when she was a 19-year-old college student, Jaff was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s body attacks itself, causing painful and debilitating chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It didn’t stop …