Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Drugs

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Alarming statistics about Alzheimer's disease are stated in this book. One out of every ten people over sixty-five years old develops this memory-robbing disease. It affects 20 percent of the elderly between the ages of 75 and 84. Over 4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's. Some famous people who have died from this debilitating disease are Charlton Heston, Rita Hayworth, Sugar Ray Robinson, and author E. B. White. The reader will be intrigued by the details about this disease that causes the brain to lose function of memory, language, change of emotions, change of personality, and eventually lose of control of body functions. Even though the definitive cause of the disease is unknown, researchers are constantly working to find one. Some factors they have found to contribute to Alzheimer's disease include lesions on the brain, inflammation of the brain, and loss of certain neurons (cholinergic) that are essential to memory. Stages of the disease are discussed and symptoms and behavioral changes are given. Alzheimer's is treated by different drugs, which are also discussed at length for the reader. However, the information is easy to comprehend. Alternate therapies and treatments, such as using Ginkgo biloba, cholesterol therapy, and stem cells are presented in the latter part of the book. This excellent book is recommended to anyone who has a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It would help them understand this disease better. It is part of the "Drugs: The Straight Facts" series.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791085554
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Drugs Series: The Straight Facts Ser.
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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