“Alzheimer’s Disease Update”
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.4 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and a new case is diagnosed every 70 seconds. AD is a devastating mental disease accompanied by language disturbances, limited ability to identify people or recognize objects, behavioral problems and personality changes. Despite years of research, the underlying cause of AD is up for debate and unknown. Current medications are being prescribed to treat AD, such as Aricept, Exelon, Cognex and Razadyne in up to 25% of AD patients but medical debates have raged over the questionable benefits of these drugs and their enormous costs. Actually, Italian studies have found that not one of the six clinical trials of so-called anti-Alzheimer’s drugs significantly reduced the rate of progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia.