What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, must be the most common question that I get asked at public events. So, it is about time to write an article on this topic to make clear what the difference is. By the end of the article we will know the difference between dementia and … Continue reading What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
What is tau in Alzheimer’s disease? Why is it relevant and how does it affect the development of the disease. Let’s find out. Tau Most people not familiar with the molecular underpinnings of dementia will have never heard of tau. This is surprising since tau is one, if not the critical protein for developing Alzheimer’s … Continue reading What is tau in Alzheimer’s disease?
Many people know that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by proteins ‘going wrong’ in the brain. One of those key proteins is amyloid. But how does amyloid ‘go wrong’? And how does this potentially cause Alzheimer’s disease? Let’s find out. ‘Proteins, glorious proteins’ Proteins are the building blocks of life. They have so many vital functions … Continue reading What is beta-amyloid?
Many people might ask, why do we need another book on dementia, or in this case Alzheimer’s disease? Good question. In the following article, I will explain what inspired and motivated me to write ‘Tangled Up – The science and history of Alzheimer’s disease’. Hopefully, this will make clear why I wrote this book and … Continue reading Tangled Up – The science and history of Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia and ethnicity – Does dementia affect people from various ethnicities differently? What about diagnosis and progression of dementia for people from different ethnicities? In essence, does ethnicity matter when it comes to dementia? Let’s find out. Ethnicity Ethnicity is such a difficult but important topic to write about. Why is it difficult? Because even … Continue reading Dementia and ethnicity
Driving and dementia is such an important and much-asked topic. Does a diagnosis of dementia mean one needs to retire from driving? Which symptoms are more likely to make one stop driving? And can we still drive if we have MCI? Let’s find out. Driving Driving is an integral part of our everyday lives with … Continue reading Driving and dementia
Aduhelm – The new ‘wonder drug’ for Alzheimer’s disease? Aduhelm is the first new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for some decades. This should be a reason to celebrate but the story of the development of Aduhelm is not straightforward and has led to quite some controversy. So, how does Aduhelm actually work and what is … Continue reading Aduhelm – The new ‘wonder drug’ for Alzheimer’s disease?
Being concerned about our memory is a common occurrence when we age. But which specific memory symptoms might indicate that we are developing dementia? And are there are other types of memory that are less affected by dementia? Let’s find out. ‘Fifty shades of memory’ People are often surprised that there is more than one … Continue reading Which memory symptoms are specific for dementia?
Type II Diabetes and dementia Type II Diabetes is a well-known risk factor for dementia. But how does Type II Diabetes actually influence our risk for dementia? And can Type II Diabetes also influence our disease progression once we have dementia? Let’s find out. Diabetes Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions, but … Continue reading Type II Diabetes and dementia
Who was the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease Who was the first person ever diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? What do we know about this person? And is that person still relevant today? Let’s find out. Most people interested in the history of dementia will know about the doctor who first described Alzheimer’s disease for … Continue reading Who was the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?