Alzheimer's Disease is one of the most frightening and complicated of our time. Find out the basics you need to know, plus find up-to-the-minute news on the latest Alzheimer research findings.
Overview | What it is | Causes | Symptoms | Risk Factors | Treatment | Diagnosis | Screening | Prevention | Living With | Questions for your doctor | Resources
What is Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Disease is a chronic, slowly progressive, gradual in onset, irreversible condition that destroys brain nerve cells and other structures in the central nervous system. People with Alzheimer's disease slowly develop Dementia-a loss of memory and intellectual and social skills that result in confusion, disorientation, and the inability to think, reason, and understand. The decline in cognition and memory results in activities of daily living to performed with increasing difficulty.
What Causes Dementia? Dementia seems to be more common these days, despite life spans increasing. However, Swedish scientist Laura Fratiglioni has shown that everyone can minimize his or her risk of being affected by the disease. Factors from blood pressure and weight to the degree of physical and mental activity can influence cognitive functioning as one gets older....Read more
Alzheimer's Disease Causes
New Alzheimer's Gene Identified 1) New Alzheimers Gene Discovery 2) Gene Discovery in the Fight Against AlzheimersScientists have made progress in the battle against Alzheimer's disease by identifying a gene that nearly doubles the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's. Late-onset Alzheimer's occurs in people over the age of 65 and is the most common form of this devastati...Read more
Alzheimer's Disease Risks
Alzheimer’s And High Blood Pressure A new study shows that by treating medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, seniors who are showing signs of memory and cognition problemswill have less of chance of developing full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. The comprehensive study began over seven years ago when researchers in China began following 837 ...Read more
Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
Alzheimer's Disease progresses slowly, and changes take place gradually over time. People can live with Alzheimer's disease for 3-25 years, although the average duration of the disease is about 8-10 years. In general, changes can be characterized in three phases. Early Phase Subtle changes occu...
10 Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease Although one out of three Americans knows of someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the vast majority understands little about the disease and shows scant interest in learning. Before the disease struck my husband, I was no different. After all, what's a little forgetfulness? Yet, Alzheimer's is not just a simple matter of forgetting something and ...Read more
Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
Because the causes are unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of Alzheimer's Disease. Scientists are studying medications and lifestyle factors (eg, diet, mental activity, exercise) that may help ward off the condition. Control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol...
Can Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimers Disease? by Robin Brett Parnes, MS, MPH Alzheimers disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the brain that destroys a patients personality and impairs the ability to carry out daily activities. More than four million adults in the US suffer from Alzheimers...Read more
Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
The treatment and management of Alzheimer's Disease involves lifestyle changes, medications, and alternative and complementary therapies. The goal of treatment is to delay the progression of brain cell failure and manage symptoms. Most patients with Alzheimer's disease wish to remain home with their family for as long as possible. Therefore, a measure of successful treatment is how long patients are able to delay transferring to a nursing home. Treatment involves the following: Currently there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Test Tells Whether Drug Works, Helps Treat Alzheimer's Disease ST. LOUIS -- Scientists at Washington University here say they have developed a test that quickly can assess how effective a drug is at treating Alzheimer's disease. Until now, determining whether a drug is working has meant measuring a patient's mental functioning over a long period of time. The new measurement tool -- called stable isotope-lined ...Read more
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