Do you want Alzheimer’s? Because that’s how you get Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills. In later stages of disease, patients eventually loose the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Most people with AD develop symptoms in their mid-60s. It is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the US. More recent estimations indicate, that this neurological disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death of elderly people.

AD is one of the types of dementia. We wrote about the research of different types of dementia previously, here. Today we will look at the research effort made in discovering the causes of AD. Why? Because scientists estimate that more than 135 million people will have dementia by 2050. And the most common form of dementia, which accounts for 60%–70% of cases, is Alzheimer’s disease. What are scientifically most observed life-style related factors increasing the occurence of AD in polulation?

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Mr. Spock is dead. The killer walks free!

Did you know that 15 millions of Americans suffer of the disorder that killed Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek?  The disease is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’@s  a progressive illness often linked to smoking. COPD is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. It’s possible to manage the illness medically, but this varies from case to case. The majority of patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are people aged 40 and higher. The problem is, that the damage caused by COPD cannot be reversed. Furthermore, researchers link the occurrence of COPD with asthma and lung cancer. As patients with COPD have frequent complications with breathing, they slip into rather unhealthy life style, lowering their physical activity and often, developing a clinical depression. So who are the real heroes trying to find new cures and therapies for this disease?