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Medicine For Alzheimers Disease
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
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
There is Excessive Hair loss from my chest. And I always forget where I kept my mobile at home. Is this a sign of alzheimers disease? Dandruff in hair, if I wash my hair, it decreases, but again the next day it increases.
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
When do Alzheimer's disease for a person needs treatment medically? Does drugs affect significantly?
As soon as possible: Finding a knowledgable physician as soon as the diagnosis is made is very important. There are treatments and information one needs as soon as possible. ...Read more
Doesn't get in brain: Neostigmine's chemical structure (quaternary amine) does not allow it to cross the blood brain barrier, so it does not affect cholinesterases in the brain. ...Read more
They don't: Drug treatments for alzheimer's don't affect genes like apo e4. Their intent is to treat the aftermath (the cognitive symptoms of alzheimer's disease itself). Young people with this gene should read dr. David perlmitters new book, "grain brain, " which makes a strong research-based case for gluten and other sugars being linked to alzheimer's and many other problems. Http://tinyurl. Com/mof6qj8. ...Read more
Are there medicines that work by targeting tau proteins or beta amyloid in Alzheimer's disease? Or gene therapy to replace faulty proteins?
Not yet: This is an active field of research but none are currently available or approved. ...Read more
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
Contact local: Alzheimer society. Check out "the judy fund". ...Read more
Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more
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
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
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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