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?
Behavioural symptoms and dementia progression Behavioural symptoms are common in dementia and cause often the greatest distress to the person with dementia and their carers. There have been also suggestions that behavioural symptoms can lead to a faster dementia disease progression. What is the scientific evidence for that? And if so, which behavioural symptoms are … Continue reading Behavioural symptoms and dementia progression
Dementia diagnosis and suicide Suicide is a very controversial if not taboo subject in many societies. However, over the last few years, I have come across the occasional reports of suicide in people who had recently received a diagnosis of dementia. But what is the scientific evidence whether people are more likely to commit suicide … Continue reading Dementia diagnosis and suicide