Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
1. An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease Judith Sims, Teresa G. Odle, and Tish Davidson A leading medical encyclopedia provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease: its symptoms, diagnosis, progression, and treatment. 2. The Relationship Between Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center A 2002 study indicates that a diet rich in foods containing vitamin E may offer some protection against Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Researching the Origins of Alzheimer’s 33 Disease Sue Halpern Researchers studying the genes associated with Alzheimer’s take their research from the lab to the homes of families coping with Alzheimer’s in an attempt to piece together what causes Alzheimer’s and who is at the greatest risk of developing the disease.
4. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease 41 University of Maryland Medical Center Alzheimer’s symptoms can be difficult to diagnose and are often mistaken for signs of normal aging in the earliest stages of the disease. 5. Developing Drug Treatments for Alzheimer’s 50 Disease Catharine Paddock Reports at the 2007 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia in Washington, D.C., provide promising information on four drugs being developed and tested to treat Alzheimer’s. 6. Alternative Treatments 58 Alzheimer’s Association Alternative treatments are increasing in popularity, but physicians debate whether alternative treatments are safe or effective for Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention.
Alzheimer’s Issues and Controversies
1. Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Needed for 67 Alzheimer’s Disease Lawrence S. Goldstein Current restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in the United States hamper Alzheimer’s research. 2. Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Unlikely 74 to Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients Rick Weiss Scientists disagree over the ultimate utility of embryonic stem cell research in some areas. Because of the nature and complexity of Alzheimer’s disease, stem cell research may benefit other disease research more than Alzheimer’s.
3. Alzheimer’s Research Is Too Narrowly 81 Focused on One Dominant Hypothesis Sharon Begley Researchers have too narrowly focused on one area of Alzheimer’s research, making it difficult for new or controversial theories to be explored. 4. The Alzheimer’s Field Supports Many Lines of Research Gabrielle Strobel and Martin Citron The field of Alzheimer’s research is open to many research hypotheses, and new discoveries are actively pursued. 5. Aluminum Exposure May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk Melissa Knopper Exposure to aluminum in everyday items such as deodorant may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. 6. There Is No Strong Link Between Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Society Aluminum—especially in the small amounts found in many cosmetic items—is not strongly linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Patients and Caregivers Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease
1. A Patient’s Reflections on Advanced Alzheimer’s Thomas DeBaggio A later-stage Alzheimer’s patient attempts to describe the effects of the disease on his daily life.
2. Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s 115 Kathy Gade Whirity A daughter recounts her struggle to care for an Alzheimer’s-afflicted family member, explaining that she found moments of humor amidst her grief. 3. Coping with Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients 120 Kim Archer Being a full-time caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient exacts a tremendous physical and emotional toll, but many support mechanisms are in place. 4 Caretakers Deal with Grief 126 Sandy Braff and Mary Rose Olenik Caregivers must witness their Alzheimer’s-afflicted loved ones becoming increasingly detached, sometimes hostile, and often unrecognizable in personality.
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