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Alzheimer's Disease

About Alzheimer's Disease

Two elderly people walking on the streetAlzheimer's disease is a degenerative medical condition marked by protein buildup in the brain, which leads to diminished neurological function. It is the most common form of dementia, a clinical term used to describe a set of related medical conditions characterized by sharp declines in memory, language skills, mental focus and attention, problem-solving, situational perception, and self-care capabilities. Alzheimer's disease is differentiated from other forms of dementia by the presence of atypical protein deposits known as plaques and tangles, which form in the brain's nerve cells and disrupt normal intracellular connections. While plaques and tangles certainly contribute to Alzheimer's symptoms, researchers note that the disease's exact developmental mechanisms are unknown and may include genetic and environmental factors and lifestyle.  (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • How common is Alzheimer's disease among people over 65 years old?
  • Discuss the possibilities of preventing or delaying Alzheimer's.
  • How promising are treatments such as genetic therapy, vaccines, and enzymes like Beta-Secretase in treating Alzheimer's?
  • Are researchers close to finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease?
  • Could a surge of new Alzheimer's cases bankrupt the Medicare and Medicaid programs?
  • What types of social and financial assistance is available for someone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's
  • What role does stem cell research play in the fight against Alzheimer's disease?