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Unformatted text preview: 5/7/09 Click to edit Master subtitle style Alzheimers Disease What is it? What causes it? What are the risk factors? What are the possible treatments for it? 5/7/09 What is Alzheimers Disease?  Alzheimers disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, which is a group of disorders that impair mental function. It involves loss of memory, along with a decline in cognitive functions as well as personality and behavioral changes . Other types of dementia include Vascular Dementia, Parkinson disease Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Reversible Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia. Out of all of these, Alzheimers Disease is probably the most common.  Changes associated with Alzheimers Disease was first observed and noted by the German physician Alois Alzheimer in 1906. These included plaques and tangles around and inside nerve cells. In his hospital in Germany, Dr. Alzheimer treated the first patient diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease, Auguste D  It is likely that many factors, both inherited and environmental, interact in complex, poorly understood ways to cause the disease. 5/7/09 5/7/09 What happens to the Brain?  The loss of mental capabilities is largely due to the pathological changes occurring in the brain. These include the formation of plaques in the spaces between the nerve cells. This plaque is made up of a brain protein called amyloid .  Also, another protein present in the brain, called tau deforms and collapses into neurofibrillary tangles(appear to be like twisted bits of thread in the nerve cells).  As this disease progresses, several regions of nerve cells shrink and die. These cells include those responsible for producing critical neurotransmitters, such as Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine....
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