Gradual Loss of Mental Capacity from Alzheimer’s

Gradual Loss of Mental Capacity from Alzheimer’s

Mary E. Miller

In Stock Date: 
09/16/2016
Print Price: 
$49.95
Print ISBN: 
9781944749774
E-book Price: 
$29.95
E-book ISBN: 
9781944749781
Pages: 
100
Binding Type: 
Softcover

Most people have heard of senility, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but how different are these conditions? Whenever memories begin to fail later in life, Alzheimer’s is a concern. Some people worry because their parents are not remembering a birthday, or a trip to the store. We all have our moments, right? But the idea of having Alzheimer’s disease, and the reaction to this possibility, is usually one of fear and some confusion. Understanding disease progression is critical and new research has given us valuable information about symptoms, how symptoms progress, and how they relate to cellular dysfunction of the neurons involved.

This book describes Alzheimer’s as a progressive dementia, where neural function is impaired and atrophy of the brain occurs. Symptoms go beyond those mental and behavioral changes associated with normal aging. The region of the brain affected first is the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and higher order thinking, giving rise to classic Alzheimer’s symptom of memory loss. Although we understand how early diagnosis influences treatments and outcomes, we don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease and there is no cure. Future treatments for Alzheimer’s are promising as researchers work to understand the events that convert the normal balance of repair and function in the brain to a pathology that robs someone of their memories.

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Mary E. Miller

Mary E. Miller is a professor of biology at Rhodes College, Tennessee, where she teaches introductory biology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, and topical seminars on cancer and has served as the director of the biochemistry and molecular biology program. Dr. Miller studies cell division and key regulators of the cell division cycle and has been awarded the Rhodes College Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research or Creative Activity.

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