Alzheimer's disease

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, and it is said that without a cure, the number of Americans suffering from this condition will jump to about 16 million by 2050. A couple of reasons for this are due to the fastest-growing population who are reaching their 80s right now as well as the lack of medication that can slow down much less cure the condition.

With almost 5.4 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, this condition has the distinction of being the only one in the top ten diseases that cannot be prevented, slowed or even cured.

The long-awaited test for Alzheimer’s disease, developed by Eli Lilly & Co, has finally been approved by the USDA. This test will enable physicians to detect protein build up in the brain, and will instrumental in find out whether or not patients have Alzheimer’s at the earliest signs of memory loss.

Alzheimer's disease is mainly a brain disorder that involves the deterioration of mental functions. This illness mainly results from the gradual shrinking of brain tissues. This type of brain disorder is also known as dementia or diffuse -brain- atrophy.

The most disturbing thing about Alzheimer’s disease is the fact that there is no cure. What’s even more troubling is that there’s no knowledge why the buildup of plaque and tangles in the brain actually cause brain damage at the cellular level.

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