Aprehension of Alzheimers

fear of Alz.... By Emily Isaacson

Why I chose this topic

I chose the memory topic related to Alzheimers, because i have a friend who's dad has sadly passed away due to this. I am interested in this topic because I am curious about the brain and agog of the disease. My research might help me better understand what was going on with his body and brain while he had the disease.

Explanation of the disease

Alzheimers is sadly, an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills-and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
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While disease is funtioning-whats going on in the brain?

The abnormal deposits of proteins form amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain, and once-healthy neurons stop functioning, they lose connections with other neurons, and die.
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What Part Of The Brain is Being Used/Failed?

  • The cortex begins to shrivel up- damaging areas involved in thinking, planning and remembering.
  • Shrinkage is especially severe in the hippocampus(hippo uses compass to remember) an area of the cortex that plays a key role in formation of new memories.
  • And also ventricles that are space filled with fluids inside your brain.

Are there other theories that address ^ topic?

there are other memory disorders like Dimensia... But thats the closest to Alz.

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Important Research and Experiments

Constant research is being applied, because as of now it is incurable. There are always many research trials, quality of life studies,diagnostic studies, and much more. There have been many surgeries to try to extract it, but unfortunately these procedures did not work.
Wesley J. Smith wrote an article on how a mouse was used an experimenter.
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Interesting... I thnk yes

  • Earliest Alzheimer's stages- changes may begin 20 years or + before DIAGNOSIS.
  • Mild/ moderate Alzheimer's stages - generally last from 2 - 10 years.
  • Severe Alzheimer's - may last from 1 - 5 years.

Over time, our experiences create patterns in signal type and strength. These patterns of activity explain how, at the cellular level, our brains code our thoughts, memories, skills and sense of who we are... But with Alzheimers- this doesn't send any signals-therefore having no thoughts, functions, memories, let alone even skills are lost.

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more ^

IN areas where tangles are formed---Nutrients and other essential supplies can no longer move through the cells, which eventually die.

video if needed :-)