People who have Alzheimer’s disease typically go through distinct phases in which symptoms gradually worsen. However, not everyone will go through all of the Alzheimer’s stages, nor progress through them at the same rate. For example, recent research has provided some evidence that in Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of dementia
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There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood
Although it has likely been around since the start of humanity, it has only been in the past century that we’ve known about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The growth in our knowledge and understanding of the disease combined with our increasing lifespan and the aging of the baby-boomer generation has led
You’ve likely experienced it before. You are describing an event to a friend and can’t come up with a word to describe something even though it is on the tip of your tongue. Or you absentmindedly place your phone somewhere and then can’t recall where it is. These occasional memory
News about progress in the search for an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease often seems disappointing. One drug after another that at first appeared promising failed to work when subjected to rigorous study. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Research in Alzheimer’s disease is quite robust. New information about
Alzheimer’s disease begins with mild symptoms and gets worse over time. Some people are aware of the cognitive decline, while others are not. In many cases, relatives and friends first notice a problem. If you suspect that you or a loved one has cognitive impairment, see a physician. A primary
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition that compromises the ability to remember, think, and take care of oneself. The looming threat of losing memory and other mental abilities is frightening for many older adults. It’s helpful to understand what Alzheimer’s disease is, and also what it is not.
For example, from
Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementia first. It’s important
BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS MAY PROTECT THE BRAIN FROM AD PLAQUE
Medications for hypertension (high blood pressure) known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs, also known as sartans) appear to help protect the brain from the formation of beta-amyloid plaque and neurofibrillary tangles, which are both hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Researchers compared
Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they’re trying to learn the process associated with the condition’s onset. What are they learning? That there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, and that it’s triggered by a combination of