Hawken Miller, features writer —

Hawken graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. Before joining BioNews, he wrote for the Washington Post’s video game and esports section, Launcher, where he still contributes as a freelancer. Hawken is also a columnist for BioNews, focusing on his experience with Duchenne muscular dystrophy for Muscular Dystrophy News Today. His work has appeared in Dot Esports, The Orange County Register, KTLA 5, and The Sacramento Bee. He won a Webby for virtual reality journalism at USC.

Articles by Hawken Miller

Activities Mark Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month Across June

The start of summer holds the promise of beach trips, barbecues, and vacations, but for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, family, and friends, June also means Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Monthlong initiatives aim to honor the more than 55 million people living with dementia worldwide, according…

2 Women on Mission to Raise Awareness in Latino Community

When Enma Espinosa worked during the day and her husband, Francisco Espinosa, worked the night shift, they barely saw each other. So it took longer for her to realize the small changes in his cognition were not just a normal part of aging. It wasn’t until her husband’s barber called…

Many Ways to Mark National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Every November since President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation in 1983, Americans have been partaking in National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. These next 30 days will be an opportunity for people to honor the progress made toward understanding and treating the disease while raising money for research and care. It also…

Space Experiment Could Shed Light on Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researcher Amir Hirsa has found a way 240 miles above the Earth’s surface to study the aggregation of proteins that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Hirsa, PhD, is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering with a joint appointment in chemical and biological engineering…

Documentary Chronicles Father’s Battle With Alzheimer’s

A new documentary released in advance of World Alzheimer’s Day today tells the story of a Worcester, Massachusetts, photographer and art professor who captured the gradual cognitive decline of his late father through a large format black-and-white camera. “With Dad,” which is available to stream on the…

Man on Mission to Make Music Accessible for Dementia Patients

Note: An update to this story on Aug. 23, 2021, changed the percentage of assisted living facilities that have incorporated personalized music into their care from 3% to 10%, according to corrected information from Dan Cohen.  According to Dan Cohen, founder of the organization Right to Music, about 25,000…