Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes the brain to shink (atrophy) and brain cells to die. This slowly destroys thinking skills and memory, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
Estimates vary but experts suggest that as many as 6 million Americans, most over the age of 65, have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.
Early signals of the disease include forgetting recent conversations and events. As the disease progresses sufferers cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care.
Scientists still don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s in most people. The causes probably include a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors.
Clinical trials are a crucial part of understanding both how to cure and how to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Those currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and those most at risk can benefit greatly from clinical trials
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