Introduction to the Talk on Alzheimer’s Disease

To begin talking about Alzheimer’s disease, I want to introduce you to a blog that talks about a lot of the same research topics that I will be talking about. Science Daily is a news blog that I came across while I was looking into more research about Alzheimer’s disease. I believe that Science Daily is a very reliable resource because they have many, many article about lots and lots of research on Alzheimer’s disease. They published some amazing articles about continuous research that is being done with Alzheimer’s disease. If there is anything that any of you would like to know, besides what I am going to tell you, I highly recommend this website as a good place to look. (The link to the whole website will be included at the bottom of this post!)

Their article, Possible cause for Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury, they discuss what could be a possible “cause” for Alzheimer’s. Federico Sesti, a professor of neuroscience and cell biology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was looking into a potassium channel referred to as KCNB1. KCNB1 is a non-amyloid-beta protein in the brain. He believes that under conditions of stress in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, KCNB1 builds up and becomes toxic to other neurons and then promotes the production of amyloid-beta. The build up KCNB1 channels is caused by a chemical process that is also called oxidization. During this study, they found that in brains affected by Alzheimers, the build up of KCNB1 was much higher than in a normal brain.

In the cases of Alzheimers and traumatic brain injury, they build up of KCNB1 is associated with severe damage of the mental function.

Sesti successfully tested a drug called Sprycel in mice. This drug is used to treat patients with leukemia. “Our study shows that this drug and similar ones could potentially be used to treat Alzheimer’s, a discovery that leads the way to launching a clinical trial to test this drug on humans.”

In this article, the author talks a lot about what they think could be a “cause” of Alzheimers disease. While there is no main cause for this disease, there are things that scientists think contribute to a diagnosis, and these things are important to know about!

Science Daily also published an article titled Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer’s years before diagnosis. This article talks about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and how it could improve the ability of brain imaging to predict Alzheimer’s disease.

Timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has always been important. The sooner it is diagnosed, the more effective treatments and interventions can be. However, diagnosing Alzheimers early isn’y always easy. Research has linked the disease process to changes in metabolism, which is shown by glucose uptake in certain regions of the brain, but these changes are sometimes difficult to recognize.

In this article, the author talked about how important a timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be. With every diagnosis, the sooner the better. This article also talked about Artificial Intelligence, AI, which is a which is a technology that improves the ability of brain imaging to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Throughout this next week, I hope to give all of you a better understanding of:

  • What Alzheimer’s disease is,
  • The basics of Alzheimer’s disease,
  • the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,
  • possible prevention,
  • the effects that Alzheimer’s disease has on a person and their lifestyle

I also hope to give all of you a better idea of research that is currently being done about Alzheimer’s disease. At the end of the week, I want to share my personal opinion and experience with all of you, because I feel that is an important contribution to the topic.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you will join me on this journey of learning more about Alzheimer’s disease!

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