Alzheimer disease sourcebook : basic consumer health by Amy L Sutton PDF

By Amy L Sutton

ISBN-10: 078081150X

ISBN-13: 9780780811508

''Provides easy buyer well-being information regarding indicators, prognosis, and therapy of Alzheimer sickness and different dementias, besides suggestions for dealing with reminiscence loss and similar issues and recommendation for caregivers. comprises index, thesaurus of similar phrases and listing of resources''--Provided through publisher.

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PML is caused by a common human polyomavirus, JC virus, and leads to damage or destruction of the myelin sheath that covers nerve cells. PML can lead to confusion, difficulty with thinking or speaking, and other mental problems. Subdural hematomas: Subdural hematomas, or bleeding between the brain’s surface and its outer covering (the dura), can cause dementia-like symptoms and changes in mental function. Poisoning: Exposure to lead, other heavy metals, or other poisonous substances can lead to symptoms of dementia.

A neuron receives signals from many other neurons simultaneously, and the sum of a neuron’s neurotransmitter inputs at any one instant will determine whether it sends a signal down its axon to activate or inhibit the action of other neighboring neurons. During any one moment, millions of these signals are speeding through pathways in the brain, allowing the brain to receive and process information, make adjustments, and send out instructions to various parts of the body. Metabolism All cells break down chemicals and nutrients to generate energy and form building blocks that make new cellular molecules such as proteins.

These cells can live for up to 100 years or longer. To stay healthy, living neurons must constantly maintain and repair themselves. In an adult, when neurons die because of disease or injury, they are not usually replaced. Research, however, shows that in a few brain regions, new neurons can be generated, even in the old brain. 10 Chapter 2 The Changing Brain in Healthy Aging In the past several decades, investigators have learned much about what happens in the brain when people have a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease (AD), or other dementias.

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