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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.