Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain's ability to function properly. It is a form of dementia that gradually worsens over time and is the most common cause of dementia in people over the age of 65. The disease is characterized by the formation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, which gradually leads to the death of brain cells, resulting in a decline in cognitive abilities and memory loss. Neurological research and therapy are actively exploring strategies for detecting and treating Alzheimer's disease. Early diagnosis is critical, as current treatments are most effective in the early stages. Imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET), can identify changes in the brain indicative of Alzheimer's disease before symptoms become apparent. There are several therapeutic approaches being investigated for Alzheimer's disease, including drug treatments and non-pharmacological interventions. Some medications aim to treat symptoms of the disease, such as insomnia or agitation, while others attempt to slow the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, can also help slow the progression of the disease. Researchers are also exploring new ways to develop effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease through clinical trials. These trials aim to improve understanding of the disease and how it progresses, as well as to identify potential treatment options. In conclusion, research and therapy for Alzheimer’s disease are advancing rapidly, and early detection and intervention can make a significant difference. Identifying the biomarkers of the disease may vastly improve our ability to detect it early and lead to the development of new treatments, helping to improve the outcomes for those affected by this debilitating disease.


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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.