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    How does Alzheimer’s affect the body? Odd amounts of protein form plaques throughout the brain, and healthy neurons stop working and lose connection with other neurons. Eventually, all these neurons start to die off. It starts in the part of the brain essential for forming memories, the hippocampus. As more neurons start to die off, more parts of the brain start to get affected. By the final stage of Alzheimer’s, the damage would be spread throughout the brain leaving it’s tissues significantly…

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    Alzheimer’s Disease Many people seem to believe that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not a fatal disease. Which in fact it is, it destroys brain cells and causes memory loss. This may not be physically fatal, but it is mentally. It slowly takes away a person's identity, and ability to connect with others emotionally. Memory loss is seen to be a natural process in life. Just like any other organ, the brain deteriorates over time lessening it ability to function. But if there is serious memory loss,…

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    Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes complications in the memory, behavior and the thinking of an individual. As a common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is known to affect up to 70% of all the people who have dementia. It is approximated that an average of 23 million people suffers from this memory loss situation. According to recent literature, the number of individuals suffering from dementia is said to grow steadily, especially among the old. Usually, in the early stages of…

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    ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE An estimated 5.2 million Americans currently are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, usually called AD. Age is the highest risk factor. From studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention we learn that AD is now the sixth leading cause of death in this country, but it leaps to fifth place for those who have already reached the age of sixty-five. By age eight-five an estimated thirty-two percent of Americans have contracted full-blown AD. Women are at far…

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    According to Kirova, Bays, and Lagalwar (2015), “Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease marked by deficits in episodic memory, working memory (WM), and executive function” (p. 1). Instances that are classified as executive dysfunction are reduced selective and divided attention, inability to reverse intrusive stimuli, and weak manipulation skills. There is evidence supporting that Alzheimer’s happens because of postmortem recognition of pathology in neural tissue.…

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    Alzheimer’s presents changes in the brain referred to as neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. The neuritic plaques are formed when amyloid precursor proteins are not processed, resulting in toxic amyloid beta proteins, forming to make plaques. Neurofibrillary tangles are formed from the tau protein, a microtubule-binding protein, detaching from neurons to form tangles. Both plaques and tangles contribute to the death of neurons, resulting in the hallmark features of Alzheimer’s…

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    Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative form of dementia. It leads the patients to many symptoms such as memory difficulties (that tend to get worse with time), forgetting well-known places and people, inability to process questions and many others. It can also affect the performance of domestic tasks and self-care. The disease was first reported in 1907 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer that discovered changes in a woman’s brain after her death. He found out that there was…

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    Suddenly a disease went from being debated upon even existing to one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States of America. This is shown in the following quote, from the journal Alzheimer’s Disease as a Cause of Death in the United States, “In 1976 when Katzman was writing about Alzheimer 's disease, mortality data were classified according to ICDA-8.11 Alzheimer 's disease was not classified separately but was included in the specific…

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    due to Alzheimer’s disease: Recommendations from the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer’s Association workgroups on diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease. US National Library of Medicine Health. The United States Government, May. 2011. Web. 19 Oct. 2015. In this scholarly article, the authors discuss how a workgroup chosen by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, is working on a proper diagnostic guidelines in order to diagnose the Alzheimer’s disease among…

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    Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease Leah McCarvill Post University Abstract Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease has been studied to see if there is a biological connection. It has been noted that individual’s with Down syndrome commonly have Alzheimer’s disease later in life. The biological evidence found to connect Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease will be discussed. The correlation between the genetics and biological evidence between the general population and the Down Syndrome…

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