Advances in Research and Treatment for Alzheimer's disease

Advances in Research and Treatment for Alzheimer's disease

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Autor: Samuel Barrack
N° de páginas: 118
Escrito: Dic. 2012
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Categoría: Ciencias » Medicina  |  Tipo: Libro técnico
Etiquetas: Alzheimer's, Research, treatment.

This book compiles some of the most interesting articles on Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease (AD), is the most common form of dementia. There
is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and
eventually leads to death. The cause and progression of Alzheimer's
disease are not well understood. Research indicates that the disease
is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. Current
treatments only help with the symptoms of the disease. There are no
available treatments that stop or reverse the progression of the
disease. As of 2012, more than 1000 clinical trials have been or are
being conducted to find ways to treat the disease, but it is unknown
if any of the tested treatments will work.

Because AD cannot be cured and is degenerative, the sufferer relies on
others for assistance. The role of the main caregiver is often taken
by the spouse or a close relative. Alzheimer's disease is known for
placing a great burden on caregivers; the pressures can be
wide-ranging, involving social, psychological, physical, and economic
elements of the caregiver's life. In developed countries, AD is one of
the most costly diseases to society.

Research is the only hope to present and future patients and families
suffering from this devastating disorder. This book compiles some of
the most interesting articles on Alzheimer's disease published by PLoS
journals lately: from epidemiology and prevention to management and
treatment.


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