Alzheimer’s disease
Description:
Alzheimer’s disease is a disease very close to dementia. It’s hard to tell the difference but
When you do obtain it the usual symptoms are language and memory issues. Abnormal clumps of cellular debris, protein, and microtubules witch causes neurotransmitter cells to malfunction. This makes sending messages such as what to say or do in certain situations impossible to make it through the muscles.
Inheritance:
Alzheimer’s disease is inherited from an autosomal dominant gene. Meaning it only takes one defective gene to pass it on to the children. The father that has the defective gene also has a normal gene which means it can combine with the mother’s normal gene to create a normal child; unless the defective gene gets mixed then the dominant gene would give the child the Alzheimer’s gene.



Symptoms:
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are loss of memory, loss of brain function, and difficulty speaking. Normal everyday tasks become harder: such as creating a puzzle or doing a crossword. Also you forget things more frequently such as putting your wallet down and thirty seconds later forgetting where it is. You may also see a change in personality with depression and frustration. Then you will begin to forget bigger things such as the date and places.



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Diagnosis:
Alzheimer’s is diagnosed by a series of language, memory, and other tests. Its difficult to diagnose someone with Alzheimer’s because the disease called dementia is closely related with the symptoms. They test by seeing if they can remember pictures, dates, people, or things, it’s a difficult process. They can also look at brain scans to look for abnormal clumps of protein in the memory and language.


Treatment:
There is no treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Though there are certain medicines that will slow down the symptoms. Generally the medicine can add a year or more of lifetime. There is treatment for memory loss, sleep changes and behavior. The medicine helps stabilize and slow the killing of blood cells throughout the brain. Even though the medicine can’t stop it from happening it will slow the deaths down.



Research:
I got my information from www.alz.org/Alzheimer’s_diesease_standard_prescriptions, http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/whatareged/alzheimers/



Additional Facts:
Additional fact about Alzheimer’s disease was that it was named after a German doctor, Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Over 4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and 1 out of every 5 80 year olds has Alzheimer’s.




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