Hunting Down The Alzheimer’s disease.

Those who love reading fantasy couldn’t miss the information that one of the most famous writers of this genre Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66. Eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. What are the trends in Alzheimer’s disease research?

Nearly 3 million Americans re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. Most cases are people aged 40 and higher. Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions of patients. There is no definitive cure yet, but medications and therapy management strategies may temporarily lessen the symptoms of disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not a stand alone condition. It belongs to a group of Dementia diseases and it is the the most common type. We were interested in how the today’s research in Dementia looks like and what are the trends in Alzheimer’s disease research?

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of Dementia, accounting for 10 percent of cases, so one should think that it will too have a well-developed research paradigm. However, the bellow figure shows that the second place in the research publication activity belongs to Parkinson’s disease, also type of Dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. Huntington’s disease, although its prevalence is much lower than the prevalence of Vascular dementia, is two times more popular research topic than Vascular dementia.

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