What's my Name?

Austin McCracken and Tommy Scheetz

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Why we Chose Alzheimer's

We wanted to learn more about the topic, so that in the future we can inform people about Alzheimer's. We also want to learn more about it just incase either of our parents are diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the future. This research will help us be more informed and able to help others who are struggling with understanding what Alzheimer's.

All About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that negativaly effects the memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. Although most people may think Alzheimer's is a part of aging it actually is not a part of aging. Although most cases are in people 65 and over.

Early symptoms are mild memory loss, but as it worsens people are unable to carry on a conversation and response to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. After people are diagnosed and show symptoms of the disease they live on an average of eight more years.

The Brain During Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's causes nerve cells in the brain to tangle and die and there is tissue loss in the brain. Also protein deposits known as beta-amyloid plaques build up in the brain. The hippocampus, which plays a key role in forming new memories, shrinks.

Research and Experiments

Researchers use the Drosophila, a type of fruit fly, to greatly improve their understanding of Alzheimer's.

Catherine Roe an assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, did an experiment with 100 patients who had Alzheimer's. She gave 50 patients a placebo pill and 50 people a new drug. At the end of the the experiment memory scores fell 33% of the 50 people who were given the placebo. The patients who took the new drug showed an improvement of 4% on the memory tests.

Facts

  • 5 million people have Alzheimer's in the U.S
  • 500,000 people die a year from Alzheimer's
  • Costs 20 billion dollars for total care in the U.S