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Can being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for almost 20 years lead to alzheimer's or dementia?

Can being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for almost 20 years lead to alzheimer's or dementia?

No evidence so far: The approved stimulants, when taken as directed, do not increase the risk for alzheimer's. www.alzheers.gov is a good resource for caregivers of those afflicted with alzheimer's. Stay healthy and take care. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a ...Read more


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What is probable alzheimers?

What is probable alzheimers?

Consistent picture: Gold standard might implicate a pet scan showing classical metabolic changes in appropriate brain areas. Spinal fluid studies would confirm the disorder. The clinical picture develops without other explanation. Mental status testing reveals progressive declines without reversal. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of alzheimers?

What are symptoms of alzheimers?

10 warning signs: See this link for the 10 warning signs of alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp. ...Read more

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What is the cause of alzheimers?

What is the cause of alzheimers?

Many causes: Try Alzheimer's.org - they have nice details. Abnormal levels of a bad protein called AB42 in oligomer form along with hyperphosphoryated tau. TDP-43 and abnormal progranulin levels and others may also play a role in some cases. Inflammation is pivotal. Genetics defects can be in coding for an enzyme that forms AB42, or one that helps clear it from the brain. ...Read more

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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Or methylphenidate: Is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (with/without hyperactivity). In add pts, it has the effect of calming down their revving engine so they can concentrate more effectively, complete tasks, not be in constant motion. It's a controlled substance which requires a special prescription in many states. ...Read more

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Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Alzheimer's: Depends on the stage of dementia. There is no cure and the further someone progresses, the less it will help. ...Read more

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What is pre-alzheimer's?

What is pre-alzheimer's?

Same as MCI: It is working in progress. Mild cognitve impairment, pre alzheimer's, syndromal alzheimer's are very similar but it is not clearly defined. Dementia is very broad term and alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. ...Read more

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

A form of dementia: Alzheimer' s disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status because of brain changes which lead to problems functioning. Its exact cause is not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Sometimes other reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so a careful diagnosis is the first step ...Read more

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What are alzheimer's stages?

Contact the: Alzheimer's foundation, or the judy fund in california. They have all the latest information. ...Read more

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Are there stages in alzheimer?

Are there stages in alzheimer?

Absolutely: Alzheimer disease can only be definitively diagnosed by a neuropathologist at the time of autopsy. Pathologically, there are six stages of alzheimer disease. Most older adults have early pathologic changes of alzheimer disease (stages i or ii), but they remain intellectually intact. ...Read more

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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning.In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Likely yes: If there is a strong history of alzheimer's disease in the family like grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers or sisters, then you could be at risk of developing it. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for alzheimer?

What is the symptoms for alzheimer?

Alzheimer's Dementia: Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a progressive deterioration of brain function that destroys memory and thinking skills. Early symptoms can be short-term memory lapses and problems with word-finding. Physical changes in the brain accompany worsening memory, confusion, language, sensory processing, learning, and conscious thought. For further info: http://tinyurl.Com/7gwkcq3. ...Read more

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How to know if we have Alzheimer's ?

How to know if we have Alzheimer's ?

Trouble with memory: Alzheimer's disease by definition is a problem with memory as well as another cognitive function such as executive functioning (planning out tasks). There is usually a component of impaired function. The biggest risk factor is age; if you are concerned about yourself, the odds of an 18 Y.O. With alzheimer's is extremely low. Most ad patients don't believe anything is wrong with their memory. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alzheimer's?

What are the symptoms of alzheimer's?

10 warning signs: You can get this information at http://www.Alz.Org/national/documents/checklist_10signs.Pdf. ...Read more

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What's the newest cure for alzheimers?

What's the newest cure for alzheimers?

Nothing.: There is no cure for alzheimer's disease at this time. Many, many centers are working to change that, but there is no magic bullet yet. A few medicines can help slow the progression of the disease. And many studies have shown that basic things like exercising, controlling hypertension, controlling diabetes, socializing, and staying active mentally probably help too. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of alzheimer's?

See below: The true cause of alzheimer's is unknown, but the disease correlates with aging, prior head trauma, certain genetics on occasion, cardiovascular risk factors, educational level, level of exercise habits, level of socialization, and perhaps an association with homocysteine elevation. ...Read more

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How are dimentia and alzheimer's different?

Many types...: There are many different types of dementia. Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. Some others include frontotemporal dementia, multi-infarct dementia, and lewy body dementia. ...Read more

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Ritalin (Definition)

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