Condition: Alzheimers Disease

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About Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia - a condition marked by loss of cognitive functioning. Alzheimer's is irreversible and progressive. Symptoms of Alzheimer's will increase over time although rates of decline vary. The most common signs of Alzheimer's are loss of memory, confusion, and difficulty with everyday tasks. Around 5.1 million Americans are affected with Alzheimer's and it is estimated 452,000 people will be diagnosed this year. There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease but many medications alleviate symptoms. FDA approved treatments include: donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine. There are two types of Alzheimer's Disease: early onset and late onset. Early onset is defined where symptoms appear before the age of sixty. Patients with early onset Alzheimer's tend to progress through the course of the disease more quickly than patients with late onset Alzheimer's. Several genes have been linked to early-onset Alzheimer's. Late onset Alzheimer's Disease is far more common than the early onset type. It develops in people over sixty, and may not have a genetic component.

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The present is confusing 3/19/2011 at 12:37 AM
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Can't remember names or faces3/19/2011 at 12:36 AM
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