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Alzheimer's Disease: A Dreadful Disability
|by Dr. Frank S. K. Barar|
Alzheimer's Disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915), a German neurologist, who in 1906 described changes in the brain tissue of a woman who died of an unusual mental illness. This disease is marked by the loss of cognitive (thought, memory, language) ability, generally over a period of 10 to 15 years.
Stages of the Disease
Three stages have been identified. However, the rate of progress, ranging from 2 to 10 years varies from person to person. Stage III is the stage of total dependence and inactivity. It is marked by losing control on body functions. One may be confined to a wheelchair or bed, with a vulnerability to infections.
Presently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Drugs employed to check further progress of the disease are: Denepezil, Galantamine, Memantine, and Rivastigmine. Symptomatic treatment for depression, insomnia, and agitation is desirable. Role of drugs like Seligiline, and efficacy of Vitamin E is under scrutiny.
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