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Unformatted text preview: Alzheimers Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is an incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease that was first described by the German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Symptoms Patients with Alzheimer’s become increasingly forgetful in the early stages of the disease. Over a number of years this further declines into severe memory loss, with particular impairment of short term memory. Symptoms of Moderate Alzheimer’s include poor concentration, an inability to cope with numbers, loss of communication skills, behavioural changes (aggression and inhibition are common); they may become disorientated at night, neglect personal hygiene, become incontinent, depressed and anxious. In advanced disease patients are often mute, unable to coordinate movements, loose muscle mass and begin to pick up infections or develop pressure ulcers. Causes Current Alzheimer’s research points towards the accumulation of extracellular Beta-amyloid peptides, a...
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