Alzheimer's Disease

By: Lauren Serold

Discovery and Location

In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer had a 51 year old patient with a disorder, and couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. He finally discovered a disease that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, and eventually shrinks it as well. This disease is normally found on chromosomes 21, 14, and 1.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's is a single gene mutation that can be inherited through genes. This disease attacks your brain nerves, and results in memory loss, confusion, and can cause verbal and physical complications. Alzheimer's is a pretty common disease and you can get the disease between ages 65-70 years old, but some cases younger and other cases older.

Symptoms and Treatments

There are different symptoms for different people. Some people get confused on where they are, who they are and their personality may change. Others having problems making sense of things, following directions, memory, thinking, and eyesight. There are no treatments to get rid of the disease. You can take medicines such as Razadyne, Exelon, and Cognex to slow down the disease progression. Doctors can also run scans of the brain in order to find the dead parts of the brain. After the patient dies, doctors can preform an autopsy to look at the brain and learn more about the cause of death.