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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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What are my chances of getting Alzheimer's disease if parents had dementia?

What are my chances of getting Alzheimer's disease if parents had dementia?

The heritability : Of alzheimer's is relatively high: 55-80% in twin studies. However, only 6.4% of people develop ad in the us. Environmental factors play a greater role than genetics. Rather than worrying about you risk, take good care of yourself to be as healthy as you can be! ...Read more

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Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


Dr. Marilyn Vache
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Do you have chance to get it if a parent was developing dementia like dlb or alzheimers?

Do you have chance to get it if a parent was developing dementia like dlb or alzheimers?

Some increased risk: Studies looking at genetic risk vary: an immediate family member who has alzheimer's raises one's odds of developing it by 10-3% over the general population. Some research indicates that an abnormal gene called apoe-4 raises the risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Controversial: Alzheimers disease affect at the same age of pats. With atherosclerosis. There is a dementia called multi infarct dementia that presents clinically indistinguishable from alzheimer's and is related to strokes associated to atherosclerosis and hypertension. Lowering cholesterol levels or preventing atherosclerosis (with statins) in theory prevents multi infarct dementia. Not aware of direct effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Yes: To name the few., alzheimer's dementia; vascular dementia (used to be called multi-infarct dementia); dementia with lewy bodies (dlb). Below is the link with descriptions of various types of dementia and possible etiology: http://www.Alz.Org/dementia/types-of-dementia.Asp. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Alz =1 type dementia: The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms may occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases. Alzheimer’s is the most common (but not the only) cause of dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
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How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

Hints no clear rules: Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning. Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

Dementia: Alzheimer's "disease" is actually a form of dementia. It's the most common type of dementia -- 4.5 million americans have it. It's also a progressive, and currently irreversible, brain disease. Some medicines can stall the progression; cognitive & memory dysfunction may not be severe at first diagnosis. But the disease takes its toll, leading to advanced dementia -- and ultimately, death. ...Read more

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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What is required for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond the signs of dementia?

Medical examination: It is important to exclude the possibility that the signs of dementia are caused by some reversible condition, e.g. Vitamin B12 deficiency, . ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia, nearly 70% of those with dementia have alzheimers and age is the biggest risk factor. Other types of dementia include vascular, lewy body, alcoholic, and parkinsons. ...Read more

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

Square vs. Rectangle: Dementia is a term for a group of disorders that are characterized by degeneration of certain parts of the brain and cause problems with thinking, comprehension, language and various other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer's dementia is one kind of dementia. Just as all squares are rectangles, but the not all rectangles are squares, alzheimer's is a kind of dementia, but the reverse is not true. ...Read more

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