By Carol Turkington, Deborah Mitchell
Shopper textual content provides complete info at the affliction, its factors and signs, similar medical conditions, and the newest advances in therapy, medications, and examine. additionally addresses social concerns and necessary help agencies. Discusses grownup day companies and gene remedy. DNLM: Alzheimer Disease--Encyclopedia.
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Extra info for The Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's Disease, 2nd Edition (Facts on File Library of Health and Living)
While some researchers have found increased levels of aluminum, mercury, or other metals in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, other scientists have not. Although some investigators still suspect that aluminum buildup may play a role in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, most believe aluminum is a result of the disorder, not its cause. Research continues in an effort to better understand this phenomenon and to determine whether the aluminum deposits are a cause or a result of the disease. Because it is found everywhere in the earth, it’s almost impossible to avoid contact with aluminum.
Each member association is the national Alzheimer’s association in its country, and supports people with dementia and their families. The ADI’s key role is to build and strengthen Alzheimer’s associations throughout the world, so they are better able to meet the needs of people with dementia. Most member associations are in developing countries where health and social services are limited. The ADI supports the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, which is a network of 100 researchers from 32 developing countries who are studying the prevalence and impact of dementia in areas where the disease has not been studied previously.
Glutamate is believed to contribute to the death of neuronal cells. Memantine blocks the action of glutamate, which protects the neurons from damage. This drug has been approved for treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease, although it is also used in mild to moderate cases. Another group of medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease are psychotropic drugs, which help manage behavioral disturbances such as agitation, psychosis, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. In this group of medications are antipsychotics, mood-stabilizing anticonvulsants, antianxiety drugs, neuroleptics, and antidepressants.