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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

Alzheimer's disease is a progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to complete simple daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer's is still generally unknown. Most patients with Alzheimer's usually become ...Read more


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Parkinson's disease/alzheimer's disease, what's the difference?

Parkinson's disease/alzheimer's disease, what's the difference?

Different dementias: Alzheimer' s disease is marked by decline in cognitive function because of brain changes that affect memory/executive function.Parkinson's disease is marked by problems with motor function because of nervecell loss in different part of the brain. In some cases cognitive changes occur as wellI. Cause of both are not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families ...Read more

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What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

Many things.: Parkinson's Disease will present with physical symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness of the limbs causing a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression causing a mask-like face and the dementia may occur later while Alzheimer's dementia starts with gradual memory problems which begin to get worse in a few years and maybe accompanied with paranoid delusions. ...Read more

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Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more

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What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

Different symptoms: Alzheimer's and parkinson's disease are quite different from each other. See these links for the 10 warning signs for each of these disorders. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp parkinson's: http://www.Parkinson.Org/parkinson-s-disease/pd-101/10-early-warning-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Parkinson's disease and alzheimer's disease?

What is the difference between Parkinson's disease and alzheimer's disease?

Different symptoms: Parkinson┬┤s disease starts by motor symptoms (rigidity, tremor) while Alzheimer┬┤s disease starts by memory problems. Their clinical course is also different ...Read more

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Please help! what is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Movements: Alzheimer's disease affects mainly memory and other cognitive functions. Parkinson's disease affects movements, either by tremor or by rigidity. It does not affect cognitive functions in the early stages. ...Read more

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Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Not associated: Both are disorders of "misfolded proteins" which deposit in the brain affecting specific nerve cell populations. The signs and symptoms are very different, such as tremors, gait imbalance, stiffness of parkinson's. The dementias are very different and treatments vary from case to case. It is rare, . ...Read more

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Does coconut oil have any benefits on parkinson or Alzheimer's diseases?

Does coconut oil have any benefits on parkinson or Alzheimer's diseases?

Interesting: Assuming your question refers specifically to coconut oil having special properties that could play a significant role in the treatment/influence prognosis of this diseases; i could not find any important study addressing this point; therefore the official answer should be: it is needed further research to test this hypothesis. Anyway, very interesting question, thanks ! ...Read more