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What Is Alzheimer?s disease?

A: Alzheimer’s disease, also known as Alzheimer disease, is defined as the neurodegenerative disease which is characterized by restlessness, confusion, impaired memory, as well as disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, coordinating and perception. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of incurable, degenerative and terminal disease that was initially described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906. The patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is unable to remember about their lives, recognize family member, engage in coordinated movement, communicate properly, or use hygienic conditions like...


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Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hello Cynthia, Thank you for writing.   Alzheimer"s is a Kind or Type of Dementia.  There are over 72 different kinds of Dementia based upon their origins. Much like Cancer, Dementia is an "Umbrella" term that encompasses many types.   Some types other than Alzheimer"s are:  Parkinson"s disease, Multi-infarct disease, Pick"s disease, Huntingdon"s disease, etc.   Alzheimer"s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disease.  "Plaques" (Amyloid proteins) build up on one"s neurotransmitters in the brain and eventually block transmissions.   A good visual to this would be to think about...


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Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hi Sue - the only truly definitive test for Alzheimers is a brain biopsy, almost never done, for obvious reasons.  Since a brain biopsy is too invasive and risky,  Alzheimers gets diagnosed by ruling out common possibilities, one by one.   Confusion and memory problems can stem from a host of things including small strokes (so small the person may not show other signs of stroke), drug interactions or side effects, Parkinson"s, thyroid problems, brain tumours, pernicious anemia, depression, low oxygen levels, high fluid pressures in the brain - and a stack of other things. Alzheimer"s is one of the most common causes of confusion in the elderly, but not the only cause - so its always, always worth getting a proper diagnosis. Confusion is never a normal part of aging....


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alzheimer"s disease

A: Hello, Thank you for writing. Alzhiemer"s disease is a TYPE of Dementia.  Much like lung cancer is a TYPE of cancer.   Dementia dieases have many of the same characteristics:  physical/chemical changes of the brain that cause memory loss, personality/behavior changes, loss of physical abilities, etc. Alzheimer"s disease is a physical, deterioration of the brain brought on by amyloid plagues that settle on brain receptors and eventually kill those receptors; thus breaking down brain activity. A visual picture of this might be like ice on telephone wires that gets very heavy and eventually breaks the wires.   The messages can"t go through at that point. The challenge with Alzheimer"s

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Statin Drugs / Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hi Corra, The current evidence suggests that statin drugs actually reduce a person"s odds of developing dementia from 30-50%. There have been a number of studies with similar findings, and a couple that found no effect. At present, the jury is still out - the roots of progressive dementia can be really complex and hard to study. Here are some typical study results http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/127532.php http://brainposts.blogspot.com/2010/06/can-statin-drugs-prevent-alzheimers.html A person with acute onset dementia that is rapidly progressing may not have Alzheimer"s disease, but may have some other cause of cognitive impairment. Alzheimers tends to develop perniciously and slowly over many years. Quite often, when a person is finally...


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is alzheimer''s disease incurable

A: Hi,Although there is currently no way to cure Alzheimer''s disease or stop its progression, researchers aremaking encouraging advances in Alzheimer''s treatment, including medications and non-drug approaches toimprove symptom management. Managing the disease usually involves medications to control symptoms, incombination with various non-drug strategies designed to ease the suffering of the person afflicted as well ashis or her family and caregiver.Hope this helps you . Take care and regards !...
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Alzheimer"s disease Reversel

A: Will, I apologise for not getting back to you sooner. My silly spam filter suddenly regressed and started classing all my allexperts mail as junk! There is no evidence that B12 reverses Alzheimer"s disease. B12 is used to treat pernicious anemia which can cause cognitive issues. Here is a couple of articles good article. http://autoimmunedisease.suite101.com/article.cfm/pernicious_anemia http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/12/3/389 If you have any reason to think your memory is impaired, I would urge you not to self treat, but to see your doctor and get your symptoms properly checked out. There are many things that can cause "brain fog" - and many are quite treatable if seen early (i.e. thyroid problems, dietary...


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How Do I Know if I Will Get Alzheimer''s disease?

A: This health video focus'' on researchers in California saying an image of the brain may be the answer to identifying Alzheimer''s disease before the symptoms show. Watch this video to learn more. Powered by 5min...


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Alzheimer"s disease

A: My heart goes out to you Jean-Paul. Its one thing to face this with a parent - quite another to face it in the person closest to you. I would be amazed if you were not angry, confused, grieving, and flat out terrified. As you probably know, Alzheimer"s is diagnosed by carefully ruling out other illnesses that cause confusion. The only definitive test at the moment is a brain biopsy, which is rarely done, for obvious reasons. To give you an idea of what they are looking to eliminate with all the tests - here is a partial list of things that can cause dementia (i.e mental confusion). Degenerative diseases such as Parkinson"s,  disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Multiple System Atrophy,...


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My father has Alzheimer's disease.?

A: I''m so sorry to hear that... People can live a long time with Alzheimers. Sometimes 15 or 20 years. What is typical with Alzheimers is that people will remain the same for a long period of time, without getting worse. This is called a plateau. Over a few months, their condition may worsen... this is usally followed by another plateau. The plateaus can last a long time, sometimes even a few years. If your father has deteriorated over the last few months, it is possible that he may balance out and not get any worse for a while. Of course every situation is unique. I hope this helps.. God Bless So sorry to hear about your dad. My dad also has this horrible disease. It should depend on his meds. The newer meds for Alzheimers really help, but if they aren''t taken...


 
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