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Alzheimer’s Disease

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It is said that memory declines as people age, and this can be just a natural part of life. However, in many cases as people grow older, they develop a mental disorder known as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes problems with memory, thinking, and overall behavior, and progressively becomes a bigger problem. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is a very common disease in people over the age of 65. This terminal disease puts tremendous stress on the victim and the victim’s family. A cure for Alzheimer’s has yet to be discovered; however, through healthy and constant use of the brain and the aid of certain drug treatments, Alzheimer’s disease can be both naturally and medically prevented. In 1906, a German physician named Dr. Alois Alzheimer dealt with a patient that had been battling severe memory and confusion problems and had tremendous difficulty understanding questions and basic functions. Alzheimer suspected that the ailment had more to it than inherent memory loss. During an autopsy of the brain, he discovered that there were deposits of neuritic plaques surrounding the nerve cells and twisted fibers, known as neurofibrillary tangles, inside of the nerve cells. These observations became the definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The plaques and tangles that develop are a natural part of aging; however, they develop far more aggressively in Alzheimer’s victims. The plaques and tangles then block communication among nerve cells and disrupt the cells processes, eventually killing them. This destruction causes memory failure, personality changes, and problems carrying out everyday functions. Alzheimer’s especially attacks the memory. A victim in the later stage of the disease can... ... middle of paper ... ...and Glaucoma. Web. 08 Nov. 2011. . "The Human Brain - Watch Your Head." Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . "Marijuana May Help Stave off Alzheimer’s - Health - Alzheimer's Disease - Msnbc.com." Msnbc.com - Breaking News, Science and Tech News, World News, US News, Local News- Msnbc.com. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . "Preventing Alzheimer's with NSAIDs? - Dr. Weil." DrWeil.com - Official Website of Andrew Weil, M.D. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . "The Search for AD Prevention Strategies." National Institute on Aging. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that memory declines as people age, but alzheimer's disease is a mental disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking, and overall behavior. a cure for alzheimer’s has yet to be discovered.
  • Describes how dr. alois alzheimer diagnosed alzheimer's disease in 1906. neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles block communication between nerve cells and disrupt the cells processes, causing memory failure, personality changes, and everyday functions.
  • Explains that alzheimer's disease is not brought about solely because of genetic history. apolipoprotein e and a "deterministic gene" are definitive risk factors for the disease.
  • Explains that a healthy mental and physical lifestyle can help prevent alzheimer's disease. studies conducted in animals show that certain fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries can improve brain functions.
  • Explains that staying socially, physically, and mentally active in old age is crucial to repelling alzheimer's disease. mirage study revealed that patients with alzheimer’s were nearly ten times more likely to have a history of head injuries.
  • Explains that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and other pain relieving medications are effective in lowering the risk of alzheimer's.
  • Explains that alzheimer's is a terrible disease with repercussions that can be felt by everyone in proximity to the victim.
  • Explains alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. the american health assistance foundation (ahaf).
  • Opines that marijuana may help stave off alzheimer's — msnbc.com - breaking news, science and tech news; dr. weil, m.d.; national institute on aging.
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