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what can be initial signs of alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Geriatric Psychiatry 62 years experience
10 signs: You can get this information at http://www.Alz.Org/national/documents/checklist_10signs.Pdf.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What experimental treatments are there for alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several : Much research is focused on the "amyloid plaque", and includes the vaccine approach, a new monoclonal antibody, bapineuzamab, and immune globulin. A variety of medical foods have come onto the market and can supplement current basic meds. Adjunctive treatment with axona, and cerefolin-nac may be useful.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What medication is used as treatment for Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several: Early on, a medical food such as axona or cerefolin-nac may be useful. Later on, donepezil, rivastigmine, or galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) can help. Memantine especially in combination with one of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitors seems very helpful. Current meds are only modestly successful, and we hope to see newer agents soon, such as bapineuzamab, and even ivig.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What's the neurological background of Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not clear: We do know the disease is primarily associated with aging, and seems to be a problem with misfolded proteins, as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles seem associated with brain damage and correlate with progressive loss of cognitive function. There are some genetic correlations in many cases. Head trauma can also precede.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there any cures for Alzheimer's disease ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not yet: Some research suggests relative prevention in those who drink red wine, eat cold water fish thrice monthly, drink coffee, consume fruit juices, vegetable juices, meditteranean diet, etc. But, once it occurs. Only modest interventions are available, and no cure found so far.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can be done for advanced Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Leen Bakkali
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Supportive care.: There is unfortunately no cure for dementia. Planning for the future and supporting the patient and the family a priority. Patients with advanced dementia require assistance with all activities of daily living and 24 hour supervision. A single family member will not be able to do it alone. It is very important to get the appropriate resources ( aides, companions, skilled nursing facility etc...).

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