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Alzheimer's Disease

Also called: Alzheimer's

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A cholinergic system is the system of nerve cells that uses acetylcholine to communicate between cells and is damaged in the brains of individuals...
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A control is a group of people or animals in a research trial that does not receive a treatment or other intervention, or that is not affected by the...
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A neurofibrillary tangle is an accumulation of twisted protein fragments inside nerve cells. Neurofibrillary tangles are one of the characteristic...
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A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging scan that measures the brain function.
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A special-care unit is a designated area of a residential care facility or nursing home that cares specifically for the needs of people with...
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Acetylcholine is a chemical in the brain, called a neurotransmitter, that appears to be involved in learning and memory. Acetylcholine is greatly...
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Aggression is hitting, pushing, or threatening behavior that may occur when a caregiver tries to help an Alzheimer's patient with daily activities...
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Agitation is behavior, such as screaming, shouting, complaining, moaning, cursing, pacing, fidgeting, wandering, etc., that is disruptive, unsafe, or...
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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease in which nerve cells in the brain become damaged and brain matter shrinks, resulting in impaired...
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Amyloid plaques are abnormal clusters of dead and dying nerve cells, other brain cells, and amyloid protein fragments.
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An amyloid is a protein deposit associated with tissue damage and breakdown. Amyloid is found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
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An assessment is an evaluation, usually performed by a doctor, of a person's mental, emotional, and social capabilities.
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Atrophy is shrinking in size. It is often used to describe the loss of brain tissue seen in Alzheimer's disease during an autopsy.
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Autonomy is a person's ability to make independent choices.
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Choline acetyltransferase (CAT) is an enzyme that controls the production of acetylcholine. CAT appears to be depleted in the brains of individuals...
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