Alzheimer's Disease

A memory loss disease stumping scientists all over the world

How your brain normally works, and how it works in Alzheimers

Without Alzheimer's Disease:

When you don't have Alzheimer's Disease, your brain sends electrical currents through your brain's neutrons. Which is how it communicates with the rest of the body.

With Alzheimer's Disease:

When you have Alzheimer's Disease your brains neutron's become disconnected, and they can't send signals throughout the body properly, so you can't learn anything new, and you keep forgetting things.

What does Alzheimers do?

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that destroys your brain, and memory. What happens is that the two most important protein start to die, and then your brain can't work properly.

The Amyloid Beta proteins start to build up and create Senile Plaques. At the same time, the Tau protein that stabilizes the micro-tubules inside of the neurons detach from the micro-tubules, making the neurons separate, and eventually dying off.

What system is affected by Alzheimer's Disease?

The nervous system is affected by Alzheimer's Disease. The nervous system is affected because the brain is part of the central nervous system, and the brain is the only thing affected by Alzheimer's Disease.

Signs, Symptoms, and Onset

The first signs and symptoms are that you keep forgetting things that you would normally remember, also, it is ongoing and you start forgetting more and more things. The onset are that you start forgetting everyday things, and then progressing.

Target Population and Risk Factors

For Alzheimer's, some risk factors are age, genes, and gender. For age, you are normally 56 and older. Mostly women have it, and the leading most common risk factor is genes. If your parents, or grandparents have it, there is a very large chance that you will have it.

Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose Alzheimer's Disease by asking you simple questions, like family members names, and how to tie your shoe. If you don't know how, they'll teach you, Then you will come back next week, and they will see if you remembered. If you didn't they will perform a CT scan and determine whether you have Alzheimer's Disease or not.
Mechanisms and secrets of Alzheimer's disease: exploring the brain
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Mechanisms and secrete of Alzheimer's Disease: exploring the brain

Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2014

Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2014
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Prognosis

The average life span for Alzheimer's Disease after you a diagnosed, is ten years. But the longest is twenty-three, and the shortest is three.

Why I chose Alzheimers

I chose Alzheimer's Disease because my great grandmother had it, so my mom and I have a greater chance of having it. Also I would want to know more about a disease that I could very well have.

Treatments

Approximately 5 Million people in the United States, 65 and older, have Alzheimer's Disease. 3.2 million women, and 1.8 million men. Even though millions that are fund raised for research, the only help they have is that you can slow the symptoms using new experimental drugs. The drugs minimize the amount of Senile Plaques created, by slowing the amount of Amyloid Beta proteins created on neurons.