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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Today we will share with you the top 10 books on Alzheimer's disease. These books will help you to take a fresh perspective on Alzheimer's disease and improve your understanding of the disease. These books are for mainly for caregivers who want to learn more about the disease so that they can take better care of their loved ones.

Top 5 Books on Alzheimer's Disease The Health and Disease Blog

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What Causes Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer’s disease? Amyloid plaques is one of the main characteristic findings in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The other main characteristic feature of Alzheimer’s disease is Neurofibrillary tangles.

Today we will focus mainly on the causes of Amyloid plaques formation in Alzheimer's disease.

Before discussing the causes of Amyloid plaques formation, let's cover some basic background information.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive irreversible neurodegenerative disease of the brain which mainly affects people over 65 years of age. It is the number one cause of dementia. It most commonly presents with the symptoms of memory loss (initially short-term memory loss).

Current treatment option for Alzheimer’s include drugs which increase the acetylcholine level in the brain and decrease the neuronal excitotoxicity. Family support or nursing care is vital in the treatment and it is essential that the caregiver knows about the disease and can adequately care for the person with Alzheimer’s disease.

The main goal of current treatment regimen is to slow down the rate of progression of the disease and improve the memory impairment. Although such measures are only temporary they play a vital role in the quality of life of a person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

At present no approved treatment is available which targets the disease pathology which means at present there is no cure for the disease. However, scientists are constantly on the lookout for new drugs which can affect the disease pathology, possibly reversing it or curing the patient. But why couldn’t we find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet? To understand the answer to this question it is important to have some knowledge about the basic pathology of the disease. Let’s cover some basic background information on Alzheimer’s first.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer’s disease is one of the major medical problems of our world today. Statistics say that one in nine people aged over 65 years suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Since our life expectancy is increasing dramatically with the advancement of the health sector, it is estimated that by 2050 someone in the US will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will rise from 5.2 million to an estimated 13.8 million. However, scientists are continuously working on improving the treatment outcomes and looking at possible cure and preventive measures of the disease. At present, however, there is no cure for the disease and the main goal of the treatment right now is focused on managing the memory loss symptoms and behavioral changes. You should also read about the causes of beta amyloid plaque formation in Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease: The most common cause of dementia
Alzheimer’s disease: The most common cause of dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive irreversible degenerative disease of brain. Most cases of Alzheimer’s disease are sporadic but 5% are familial (inherited as an autosomal dominant condition).

Unfortunately at present, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. At present the main goal of treatment is to focus on managing the disease symptoms such as memory loss. Current medications may for some time reduce the progression of memory loss and also improve the person’s quality of life by inducing cognitive changes.

The treatment programs vary depending on the stage and symptoms of the Alzheimer’s disease, the supporting care facilities available, the presence of any concurrent illness, other drugs taken by the person which may interfere with the Alzheimer’s medications and the person’s tolerability to the prescribed medicine. Other than pharmaceutical treatment it is often recommended that the person be given counseling and other therapies. In a nutshell, at present we just treat the symptoms and there is currently no cure available for Alzheimer’s disease which treats the underlying pathology of the disease and prevents its progression. However, Scientists are constantly trying their best to come up with new medicine which attacks the disease at its root and not symptoms, but such drugs require further clinical research and trials before they can be approved for regular clinical use.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hi dear readers,

The Health and Disease Blog is back
We are back!
First of all, We want to apologize to you for not blogging for well over 2 years now! We simply got caught up with life and just didn't have enough time to blog! But at the back of our minds, we always wondered whatever happened to our health blog and so finally we have decided to make a comeback for good! Don't get us wrong! We are busier than we ever were but we realized that we have a passion for writing quality health articles and we missed writing in this blog! So, it doesn't matter how busy our lives get, just know that we will find the time to write for you.