Alzheimer's Disease

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We live in an advanced world of technology and medicine, with researcher constantly learning more about the diseases that lay waste to the world. Although countless things can positively impact society, many of the same things have a negative effect. Throughout the years, we were able to create cures through medicine that have allowed the life expectancy of the older generation to outlast the previous ones. The life expectancy for the average man or women is colossal compared to past generations. New problems arise from the longer length of life that still require an antidote that can only be discovered with the help of research and development. Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of Dementia can be found in 1 of 3 senior and is the 6th leading cause in the United States alone. The need for extensive research on Alzheimer’s Disease is evident and would benefit not only the patient, but also the family members who watch as their loved ones mental stability deteriorates.
“Alzheimer’s was first discovered in the early 1900’s by a German physician, Alois Alzheimer. He discovered the disease while observing a patient, a 51 year old woman named Frau Auguste D” After a few years of observations, Dr. Alzheimer discovered a progression of the symptoms which inevitably led to the death of the patient. “Upon autopsy, abnormal impairment of the brain was discovered, along with a remarkable shrinkage within the cortex and outer layer that affected her thinking, judgment, speech and functioning.” “Chemical and structural changes in the brain gradually destroy the ability to create, remember, learn, reason, and relate to others.” As cells critical to the human body die, drastic personality changes occur until a loved one may become unr...

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