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Alzheimer’sWhat is it and how do we
slow the disease?
About Alzheimer’s
• Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive
brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and
thi...
Signs & Symptoms
• Memory problems are typically the first signs of
cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s
disease.
•...
What Causes Alzheimer’s?
• Scientists don’t fully understand what causes
Alzheimer’s disease in most people.
• The causes ...
Diagnosis Of Alzheimer’s
Disease
• Conduct tests of memory, problem solving,
attention, counting, and language.
• Carry ou...
A Glimmer Of Hope
• Few things are more precious than memory, and
for years, thousands have suffered with watching
their l...
Fight Against Alzheimers
• Researchers have found a way to fight against the
decay of memory, possibly to stop it entirely...
Blood Plasma The Key
• Recent discoveries led scientists to theorize that
blood plasma is the key to curing many age-based...
What Led To
Discovery?
• Observations of mice with increased levels of
beta-2-micoglobulin, or B2M.
• This protein (produc...
Hypothesis Proven
• The younger mice, memories intact, would run the
test (solving a maze) while searching for specific
ch...
What Lies Ahead?
• Tests will be continued to see what types of
treatments can be developed for the infirm.
• We may live ...
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Alzheimer's Disease: What is it and how do we slow it?

  1. 1. Alzheimer’sWhat is it and how do we slow the disease?
  2. 2. About Alzheimer’s • Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. • The damage initially appears to take place in the hippocampus (essential to forming memories). • As more neurons die, other parts of the brain are affected, and they begin to shrink as well.
  3. 3. Signs & Symptoms • Memory problems are typically the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s disease. • For many, decline in non-memory aspects of cognition (word-finding, vision/spatial issues, reasoning or judgement) may signal early stages of the disease.
  4. 4. What Causes Alzheimer’s? • Scientists don’t fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease in most people. • The causes are believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. • The influence of each factor increasing or decreasing ones risk of developing the disease may differ from person to person.
  5. 5. Diagnosis Of Alzheimer’s Disease • Conduct tests of memory, problem solving, attention, counting, and language. • Carry out standard medical tests, such as blood and urine tests, to identify other possible causes of the problem. • Perform brain scans - computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pr positron emission tomography - to rule out other possible causes for the symptoms.
  6. 6. A Glimmer Of Hope • Few things are more precious than memory, and for years, thousands have suffered with watching their loved ones lose themselves to the raves of Alzheimer’s disease. • Alzheimer’s disease robs us of our loved ones too soon, but a solution is on the horizon.
  7. 7. Fight Against Alzheimers • Researchers have found a way to fight against the decay of memory, possibly to stop it entirely. • A protein has been discovered which causes memory impairment when it builds in the blood and brain. • These researchers have discovered how to block the production of this protein, preventing the eventual loss of memory.
  8. 8. Blood Plasma The Key • Recent discoveries led scientists to theorize that blood plasma is the key to curing many age-based ailments. • By focusing their collective efforts on identifying the components in blood plasma that lead to Alzheimer’s disease, patients are already preparing to undergo trails. • The process could be capable of slowing down the aging process and all of its rigors.
  9. 9. What Led To Discovery? • Observations of mice with increased levels of beta-2-micoglobulin, or B2M. • This protein (produced in mice and humans) increased in saturation as the subject aged. • Furthermore, subjects in need of long-term kidney dialysis often suffered from raised levels of B2M in their blood, resulting in faster decline of cognition.
  10. 10. Hypothesis Proven • The younger mice, memories intact, would run the test (solving a maze) while searching for specific checkpoints. • When B2M was introduced into their systems, however, researchers noticed a drastic change. • The younger mice began to falter where they’d just recently displayed mastery of the maze.
  11. 11. What Lies Ahead? • Tests will be continued to see what types of treatments can be developed for the infirm. • We may live to see this protein expunged from our bodies entirely. • This discovery is uplifting, as eradication of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will not only ensure a new quality of life, but promise the preservation of a lifetime’s worth of cherished memories.

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