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alzheimer disease - Kit Chow HWS 333 Fall 2009 Alzheimers...

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Kit Chow HWS 333 Fall 2009 Alzheimer’s disease Allison and Brain did a fantastic job on their presentation on Alzheimer’s disease . It was a very informative talk and a thought provoking topic to discuss upon . Brain told us that the reason why they both chose this topic is because both of them have relatives that suffered from this disease . Therefore, they wanted to research on it and have an extensive background knowledge of this disease . Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills . It sounds scary by definition . This disease dated back to 1906 when Dr . Alzheimer, a neurologist and psychiatrist, describes this disease as a progressive, degenerative brain disease with no known cause or cure . The hallmark traits of Alzheimer’s disease are little plaques and tangles of the patient’s brain that has been cut open for examination . In 1960, another autopsy took place where doctors found link between cognitive decline and the numbers of plaques in the brain . This shows medical scientists that Alzheimer’s disease is not simply an aging problem but a sickness . Alzheimer’s disease is different from dementia . It belongs in the sub group and is one of the many types of dementia . It is common among the elderly .
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