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Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory, mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory, mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Memory deficits: There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more


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There is Excessive Hair loss from my chest and behind and below the neck. What could be the reason for this? And I always forget where I kept my mobile at home. Is this a alzheimers disease?

There is Excessive Hair loss from my chest and behind and below the neck. What could be the reason for this? And I always forget where I kept my mobile at home. Is this a alzheimers disease?

Body hair loss: And memory issues need to be checked out by your doctor. Please see him/her. Alzheimer's is very unlikely. The hair loss suggest the possibility of a thyroid imbalance but your doc will let you know. Keep your mobile in the same place all the time and you will be less likely to loose it. Peace and good health. ...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 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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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, I would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read more

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Help! What is alzheimer's disease?

Brain failure: Alzheimer's disease (ad), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior. You can get more information at www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Yes: Early onset alzheimers has a very large genetic component. Those who get the illness in their 60's, 70's or older have a much smaller genetic component contributing to their illness. ...Read more

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How do you get alzheimer's disease?

No one knows: There are some genetic compenents, and there are factors that increase risk. Those things that keep your heart healthy also generally help keep your brain healthy. ...Read more

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How does Alzheimer's disease start?

How does Alzheimer's disease start?

$64K question: We really still don't know how Alzheimer's disease starts, much less, how to cure it. Current medications only slow down progression of symptoms. In fact, we still debate whether plaques or tangles are cause or effect. Check out http://www. Alz. Org/braintour/plaques_tangles. Asp for basics. We do know that heart healthy folks have lower risk so one way to avoid AD is to take care of your heart. ...Read more

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Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

Yes.: In the late stages of alzheimer's disease the body's vital functions break down. The body "forgets" how to swallow, the muscles grow rigid. The person starts to aspirate, they develop pneumonias, pressure ulcers and other infections that eventually kills them. It's important for patients and their families to talk with their doctor about an advanced directive before that happens. ...Read more

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What ia the age for Alzheimer's disease?

What ia the age for Alzheimer's disease?

It varies: The brain function start to decline as early as age of 30. The earliest development of alzheimer's disease could begin at age of 40. It can be last anywhere from 2-20 years with average of 8-9 years. ...Read more

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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

Unknown: That is a billion or trillion dollar question. We know that when people have Alzheimer's parts of their brains die off in a certain order and cause specific symptoms. A myeloid plaques and tau tangles are found in people's brains. But we still don't know exactly what triggers the disease. ...Read more

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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

Nobody knows: In most cases, it is not clear what are the causes of alzheimer's disease. In some cases, the cause is an abnormal gene but that is true in only about 5% of people with alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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What are the tests for alzheimer's disease?

What are the tests for alzheimer's disease?

Pt. History/MMSE.: A thorough history, information from relatives, and clinical observation especially in the form of a mini mental status exam (mmse) for dementia. Alzheimer's is a diagnosis of exclusion, and so other diseases, and drug effects must be ruled out. Imaging and biomarkers, like low glutamate help confirm the diagnosis, but the most definitive test is post mortem microscopic exam of brain tissue. ...Read more

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What are the stages of alzheimer's disease?

What are the stages of alzheimer's disease?

There's a New One: Besides the expected mild, moderate, & severe very nicely described by dr. Nash, there is now officially a 4th category --- mild cognitive impairment (mci). This is a stage before mild & the thinking is that here would lie your best bet at preventative strategies (if & when we find some of those). ...Read more

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Can a 21 yrs male have alzheimer's disease?

Can a 21 yrs male have alzheimer's disease?

Rarely: There are some families with bad genes where several members develop alzheimer's disease at an early age but they are quite rate. ...Read more

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How bad can alzheimer's disease actually be?

How bad can alzheimer's disease actually be?

Very bad: I can lead to complete dependence on others for all activities of daily living. ...Read more

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What are some drugs for alzheimer's disease?

Several available: But, at best, these possess modest benefits. The classics include aricept, Exelon pill and patch, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) Namenda ir and er, and a couple medical foods, axona and cerefolin-nac. A neurologist can help design a program, but evidence strongly suggests better outcome from combinations of the above. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alzheimer's disease?

Progressive loss of: Memory and cognitive skills. Some patients go through a change in personality in the process including becoming violent. The loss of neurologic skills is progressive. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

Early subtle: Sometimes, 3-4 yrs before memory loss, there is depression or behaviour changes, later recent memory loss, with difficulty doing normal activities of life. Driving gets incompetent, calculation errors abound, the patient loses orientation and ability to do daily hygiene, may be unable to feed himself, and later, behavioural problems including wandering, agitation and sleep reversals are issues. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have Alzheimer's disease?

Get evaluated: It's important to get a proper examination by a physician trained to evaluate patients with memory loss as there are many causes of memory loss. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for Alzheimer's disease?

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. ...Read more

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Can a 39 year old die of alzheimer's disease?

Complications: People do not die of alzheimer's disease alone, but they usually die of complications, e.g., pneumonia. ...Read more

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Which systems does Alzheimer's disease affect?

The brain: Currently the thought is that Alzheimer is the result of amyloid plaques, Tau protein, deposited in the brain creating neurofibrillary tangles and impacting the neuro signaling process and causing wasting and deterioration of the brain and body. Course of the disease is progressive and leads to end stage within ten years. Some genetic predisposition is suggested, and no known cure exists. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of alzheimer's disease?

What are common symptoms of alzheimer's disease?

Depends on stage: Most commonly, the first symptoms are short term memory loss in the form of repeating statements/questions, misplacing items, forgetting details of recent events. Mild changes in fluency and word finding difficulty are also common early on. Problems with judgment and problems solving, disorientation to surroundings, personality changes, or hallucinations and delusions occur in advanced stages. ...Read more

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What symptoms are caused by Alzheimer's disease?

Problems with memory: Thinking, finding words, judgment, getting lost, handling money/paying bills, repeating questions, completing daily tasks, losing/misplacing things, mood, personality changes; Moderate: memory loss, confusion, problems recognizing family/friends, unable to learn new things/situations, carry out multi-step tasks (getting dressed), hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, impulsive behavior. ...Read more