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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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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

It depends: In rare families, there is an abnormal gene that is transmitted to children and there is 50% probability that the children will eventually develop alzheimer's disease. However, it is usually in families where several members develop alzheimer's disease in early age. Otherwise, there is inheritance of the form of apolipoprotein that increases the risk of developing alzheimer's disease earlier. ...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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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

A bit: There are some hereditary factors but they are seemingly minor. If you have a first-degree relative with parkinson’s disease you are more likely to get it, but the risk is small (< 5 % according to mayo clinic reports). It can run very strongly in some families in rare situations of abnormalities of alpha-synuclein synthesis or protein disposal problems. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Sometimes: Parkinson disease is the most common cause of parkinsonism, a symptomatic triad of tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow movement. Most of parkinson disease is caused by contributions of multiple genes, no one of which is necessary nor sufficient, aided by poorly defined environmental factors. About seven types of parkinson disease are inherited in an autosomal dominant or recessive pattern. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

It can be, yes: As a general rule, the younger the age of onset (<45yo is early onset), & the more affected relatives (especially close ones), then the more likely it is genetic & the higher the risk to blood relatives. Average age of pd onset is 58. The older you are @ disease onset, the less likely it is genetically inheritable. Look @ this link for help on genetics: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk1223/. ...Read more

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Is parkinson’s disease hereditary?

Yes: Although the causes are multifactorial and sometimes poorly understood, there is a hereditary component. Keep in mind, that even though a parent may have it, it does not mean that it will be necessarily passed on. The tendency, however, may be there. ...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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Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Somewhat: The most important is controlling you blood pressure and cholesterol level. It is also important to have physical exercise and keep mentally fit. Some studies indicate that drinking in moderation, eating fish and dark chocolate might decrease the risk. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Parkinson's disease: No. Parkinson's disease (pd) cannot be prevented. It appears a genetic predisposition added to environmental exposure predisposes to the development pd. Repetitive head trauma may increase risk of pd. Caffeine and smoking may reduce the incidence of pd (not recommended for prevention). Exercise and active lifestyle may offer benefit in patients with the disease but not shown to prevent onset. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

?: There is a lot of conflicting evidence out there - some studies say it is not degenerative and others say it is. At this point in time, we really don't know for sure. There are still a lot of unanswered questions out there regarding schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

Mostly not inherited: The vast majority of people with parkinson's seem to get it sporadically, that is without any clear inheritance from family. That being said, we've found around 12 genetic variants that seem to greatly increase the risk of developing pd in some families. Some of them are recessive (rarely crops up), and some are dominant (50% chance of getting it from 1 affected parent). ...Read more

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What is familial creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

What is familial creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

Hereditary CJD: In hereditary cjd, the person has a family history of the disease and/or tests positive for a genetic mutation associated with cjd. About 5 to 10 percent of cases of cjd in the United States are hereditary. ...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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How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

History and exam: Parkinson's is usually diagnosed based upon it having very characteristic symptoms and exam findings - namely asymmetric (i.e. Usually starts on one side) tremor at rest, slowness of movements (bradykinesia), and stiffness (rigidity). There are some nuclear medicine tests that show the pathology of pd fairly reliably, but they are fairly new and considered experimental by most insurers. ...Read more

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Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more

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Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Yes: Parkinson-like symptoms can be an initial manifestation of Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease usually occurs in younger people, however. If there is any confusion in diagnosis, Wilson's disease can usually be diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and/or an eye exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a brain disease?

Is schizophrenia a brain disease?

Brain Disease - Yes: We know that the symptoms of schizophrenia occur because of malfunctions in the brain. While the cause is unknown, the symptoms of schizophrenia has been thought to be a function of excess Dopamine new theories are beginning to emerge as to possible causes and as to the malfunctions of the brain leading to the symptoms of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease related to prions?

Is alzheimer's disease related to prions?

No: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia while Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (a variant of Mad Cow disease) due to prions is a very rare form of dementia. Check out http://www.alz.org/dementia/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-cjd-symptoms.asp for more CJD info and www.alz.org in general for more info re dementia and its specific forms. ...Read more