Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is the best-known and much-feared cause of progressive dementia in old age. Forgetfulness and memory loss is an early sign. However, many people concerned about Alzheimer’s due to an apparent decline in their memory function, or difficulty finding the right word when speaking, can ...

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Introduction: Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can seriously affect a person's ability to carry out daily activities. The risk of ...1

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Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life. Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a set of symptoms. Memory loss is a ...2

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Complications of Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleep disturbances, including sleep apnea and other abnormal breathing patterns, are common in people with MCI and Alzheimer’s disease. These results suggest that in people with MCI, abnormal breathing during sleep may contribute to beta-amyloid deposition and possibly ...3

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Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by brain abnormalities called plaques and tangles. Plaques are clumps of protein in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells. Tangles are masses of twisted protein threads found inside nerve ...4

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Causes List for Alzheimer’s Disease

Some possible causes of Alzheimer’s Disease or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Alzheimer’s Disease

Some types of this condition may include:6 Types of Alzheimer’s Disease:

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Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Clinically, it can be difficult sometimes to determine whether dementia symptoms are due to Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, so researchers are developing tools that may aid in distinguishing among these diseases. ...Source: NIA (NIH)7 ...

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Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

Several genetic mutations are known to cause the rare early-onset form of the disease, and evidence is mounting for a number of genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s. In addition to directly influencing disease risk, genes may ...8

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Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Several factors determine the risk of developing dementia, including age and family history. Other factors affect the management of dementia by families, communities, and the health care system. Age Aging is a well-known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease ...9

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Treatments: Alzheimer’s Disease

Medications can help during the early or middle stages. As the illness progresses, though, patients may need someone to take care of all their needs (like feeding and bathing) at home or in a nursing home. ...Source: NIH News in ...10

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Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies have suggested that physical activity, social engagement and intellectual activity all may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Controlling high blood pressure and diabetes may help. So may omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon ...11

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Research for Alzheimer’s Disease

Currently, there are no cures for the common dementias caused by progressive neurodegeneration, including AD, frontotemporal disorders, and Lewy body dementia. However, some forms of dementia are treatable. A better understanding of dementia disorders, as well as their diagnosis and ...12

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for This Condition

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References

  1. Source: CDC Features: cdc.gov/ features/ worldalzheimersday/ index.html
  2. Source: Healthy People (DHHS): healthypeople.gov/ 2020/ topics-objectives/ topic/ dementias-including-alzheimers-disease
  3. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ alzheimers/ publication/ 2014-2015-alzheimers-disease-progress-report/ category-d-epidemiology
  4. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ jul2010/ feature1
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Disease Ontology
  7. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ alzheimers/ publication/ 2014-2015-alzheimers-disease-progress-report/ category-h-alzheimers-disease
  8. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ alzheimers/ publication/ 2014-2015-alzheimers-disease-progress-report/ category-a-molecular-pathogenesis
  9. Source: Healthy People (DHHS): healthypeople.gov/ 2020/ topics-objectives/ topic/ dementias-including-alzheimers-disease
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2010/ February/ feature2.htm
  11. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ jul2010/ feature1
  12. Source: NIA (NIH): nia.nih.gov/ alzheimers/ publication/ dementias/ conclusion

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