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Alois Alzheimer was the first man to discover Alzheimers disease Before this discoverythe illness was classified as insanity There is now a more sensitive understanding of thisdisease Alzheimers is a disease that slowly but surely causes one to lose his memory Symptoms are simple like one not being able to remember where he placed his keys Slowly he begins to forget names and telephone numbers until eventually most of hisForsyth and Ritzline claim that Alzheimers affects mainly middle-aged and olderpeople although there has been one case of a twenty-eight year old having this disease Alzheimers affects women more than men Forsyth and Ritzline state that this disease hasaffected over 4 million people in the US and the number is rising By the middle of thetwenty first century over 14 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimers disease Ten percent of the individuals who are 65 years and older have this disease or the earlyonsets For individuals 85 and older the ten percent rises to an astounding 427 percent One can see that the chance of getting this disease increases with ageCohen and Eisdorfer say many scientists have attempted to find medications thatmay cure or prevent this terrible disease however they have not had much luck Somemedications available to Alzheimers victims only treat disorders like sleepingnervousness and anxiety These are called antipsychotic medications like ThorazineCohen and Eisdorfer say that in addition to antipsychotic medications there aretwo other major categories of medications anti-inflamitory and psychotropic Anti-inflamitory drugs are used to reduce inflammation and can keep the healthy tissue ofthe brain from dying Psychotropic dugs affect mental activity and are also used to treatbehavior Psychotropic is a word that pertains only to the drugs that help influence thebehavior of patients their brain and their emotions Sleepiness costipation blurredvision dry mouth and bladder problems are all common side effects of people takingMike Akins states cognex and aricept are both psychotropic drugs Cognex wasthe first drug approved by the Federal
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