Alzheimer Disease

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Common Questions

  1. Besides Alzheimer disease, what are some other causes of confusion, memory lapses, and cognitive decline?
    Occasional forgetfulness is normal and should not be a cause for concern unless it increases in frequency or interferes with daily living. However, some of the causes of cognitive decline, besides AD, include:
  2. Is there a way to get involved in research efforts related to Alzheimer disease?
    Yes. Both affected and unaffected individuals can participate in clinical trials. In addition, people can donate the brain tissue of a family member after their death. For scientists to continue to study the causes of AD and to potentially find a cure, samples are needed of brain tissue from people who had AD as well as from elderly people who did not. You can find more information on clinical trials involving AD at the ClinicalTrials.gov website.
  3. Is there a link between mad cow disease and Alzheimer disease?
    There is no evidence at this time of any connection between bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called mad cow disease, and Alzheimer disease even though some of the symptoms may appear similar.

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