Michael mullan alzhemer's disease qa


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Dr. Michael Mullan He is a biomedical researcher of the beta amyloid protein and its relation to Alzheimer’s disease, and the CEO of Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Michael Mullan answers questions about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia.

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Michael mullan alzhemer's disease qa

  1. 1. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASEQA With Dr. Michael MullanRoskamp Institute
  2. 2. Dr. Michael Mullan GivesAnswers to QuestionsAbout Alzheimers Disease and Dementia• This FAQ is solely intended to provide useful informationfrom the leading researcher Dr. Michael Mullan.• It is not to be considered as a diagnostic tool or to beused instead of treatment of Alzheimers disease,dementia and memory loss or substitute professionalcounsel at all.
  3. 3. Is dementia the same as Alzheimers disease?• No, there are distinct differences between dementia andAlzheimers disease. Dementia is determined with theexistence of three specific symptoms.• The first symptom is memory loss. The second symptom is theloss of another mental faculty such as word finding. Fordementia to be positively diagnosed, both symptoms shouldaffect the individuals daily function to the extent that they arenot able to function normally.• Dementia is the state the subject is in and not the underlyingsource. There are many forms of dementia and Alzheimersdisease is one of these forms.
  4. 4. How is Alzheimer ’s disease defined?• A German psychiatrist first described Alzheimers disease in1907 when observing a young woman and the disease wasnamed after him.• It is a neurodegenerative disease whereby the brain graduallydegenerates and is eventually entirely ruined. It begins with anaccumulation of a small protein named amyloid. This protein isnatural and is usually cleared into the blood stream anddispelled through the liver.• In individuals with Alzheimers disease this function is somehowimpaired and the accumulation results in the buildup of clumpscalled amyloidal plaques. This creates inflammation and leadsto the destruction of neurons.
  5. 5. • As the neurons are being taxed, a protein named taustarts to accumulate. This protein has the function oftransporting chemicals in neurons and when disrupted,the accumulated tau forms structures called tangles.• Language, orientation, memory and other mental facultiesdegenerate due to the damage resulting from the amyloidplaques and tau tangles. This gradually occurs over asmuch as 20 years, at first not showing any symptoms.
  6. 6. What signs and symptoms in Alzheimersdisease are apparent in sufferers?• The very first symptoms of Alzheimers disease are languageproblems and memory loss. This results in the sufferer notbeing able to express themselves properly.• The individual starts to be repetitive due to the memory lossand is entirely unaware of the disease.• Mental faculties further deteriorate and it becomes impossiblefor the individual to remember anything new while increasinglydwelling on old memories.• The language problems then further deteriorate to a pointwhere written and verbal communication becomes impossible.
  7. 7. • Everyday activities like dressing and feeding also startbecoming more difficult and eventually impossible to achievewithout assistance.• Paranoia and behavioral issues start and in the final stage ofthe disease, physical decline sets in.• Balance is severely compromised and the individual strugglesto walk before becoming completely unable to.• Weakness also sets in and the individual becomes incontinent.The sufferer is soon confined to their bed.• This results in infections that usually lead to the demise of theindividual.
  8. 8. What do you do in Roskamp Institute?• Dr. Michael Mullan and his team at RoskampInstitute are working towards finding a solution tothis debilitating disease as well as otherneurodegenerative disorders.
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