Essay on A Research On Alzheimer 's Disease

2168 Words Dec 1st, 2016 9 Pages
This source is collection of information from a seminar based on Alzheimer’s disease. This source was posted in 2011 and at this time an estimated 24 million people worldwide have been recorded having dementia, which thought to have a connection with AD. With this staggering number AD represents a major health concern and has been a high research priority. AD is not fully understood and there is no definite cure but there is a pressing matter to improve our understating of the pathogens to enable development of disease modifying treatments. With each passing year the cost of caring for a dementia patient continues to climb, a study showed in 2001 that there were 24.3 million people with dementia and it would rise to 42.3 million by 2020 and hit 81.1 million by 2040. There are two core pathological hallmarks of AD, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. It is said that amyloids would trigger neuronal dysfunction and death in the brain. Researchers believe that AD caused by genetics and certain genes that are involved with AD. There is a great table in this source that lists Familial genes that have risks of AD. These certain genetics that are involved with AD have dominant mutations of the genes encoding amyloid precursor protein. Dementia is linked to AD, and there is an accurate diagnosis of dementia that allows for detection of this disorder. People with dementia will show signs of cognitive impairment, such as depression, vitamin deficiencies, and…

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