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Alzheimer's Disease

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Last updated: 30th Mar 2020

Alzheimer's Disease is a neurodegenerative disease where the build-up of the proteins amyloid and tau damage the nerve cells in the brain. A progressive disorder, Alzheimer’s develops over time with symptoms increasing in severity.

Between 60–80% of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer's disease. Rapid diagnosis is important, as treatment early in the course of AD helps maintain cognitive and functional performance and delay the emergence of distressing behavioural and psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and apathy.

Cholinesterase inhibitors can be used alone or in combination to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. However current treatments do not cure Alzheimer's disease and functional and cognitive decline are inevitable.

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