The Basics Of Alzheimer's Disease

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basics of alzheimer’s disease What it is and what you can do  Basics of Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time. Although symptoms can vary widely, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function at home or at work, or to enjoy lifelong hobbies. Other symptoms include confusion, getting lost in familiar places, misplacing things and trouble with language. What it is and what you can do Perhaps you have noticed possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Or you may know someone who has just been diagnosed. Basics…show more content…
Huntington’s disease is an inherited, disorder that may sometimes be hard to distinguish from Alzheimer’s. Personality changes and disorientation often occur before memory loss. Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is caused by a buildup of fluid progressive disorder that causes irregular movements of the arms, legs and facial muscles, personality changes and a decline in the ability to think clearly. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in the brain. The cause of most cases is unknown. Symptoms include difficulty walking, memory loss and inability to control urine. NPH can sometimes be corrected with surgery to drain the excess brain fluid. (CROYZ-felt YAH-kob) is a rare, rapidly fatal disorder that impairs memory and coordination, and causes behavior changes. Recently, “variant CreutzfeldtMild cognitive impairment…show more content…
This protein fragment builds up into the plaques considered one hallmark of the disease. Researchers have developed several ways to clear beta-amyloid from the brain or prevent it from forming. The first experimental drugs that zero in on beta-amyloid are now being tested. Many other new approaches to treatment are also under investigation worldwide. We don’t yet know which of these strategies may work, but scientists say that, with the necessary funding, the outlook is excellent for major breakthroughs over the next 10 years. Significant progress in prevention is also on the horizon. Some of the most exciting research in this area suggests there are steps people can take to maintain brain health and possibly even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and staying mentally and socially active may all help protect the brain. Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. This connection makes sense, because the brain is nourished by one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels. It’s especially important for people to
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