Understanding How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain
Every four seconds someone, somewhere in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease–the leading cause of dementia in the elderly. First discovered in 1901 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer during an autopsy of one of his patients in a Frankfurt asylum, scientists now know that the disease is caused by plaques and tangles in the brain.
In this educational Ted Ed webcast from 2014, Ivan Seah Yu Jun explains how Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed, what the initial and latter stage symptoms of the disease are and how the brain is affected by the condition. There are no treatments available to stop or slow down the progression of the disease, but medications and treatments are available to help with the symptoms.
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