MEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE - 2017 and beyond
Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. One of the most costly diseases in the developed world, last year, Alzheimer’s drained some $200 billion from the United States economy and was the sixth leading cause of death in the country.
First identified more than a century ago by German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer, this devastating illness already affects one in every 20 people aged 65 to 85, and almost half of those older than 95—some 24,300,000 people worldwide. Hadassah Medical Organization has been a leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s. – Alzheimer’s Association
- Hadassah researchers hypothesized that Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder of orientation where people lose their way on the cognitive maps of memory, places, and later, people. Moreover, the default mode network, overlapping with the orientation system, is known to be the network which is disturbed in Alzheimer’s disease. Using an innovative brain mapping technique, the Hadassah Medical Organization’s neuropsychiatry specialists have identified a cognitive process that has important implications for understanding the disorientation experienced by Alzheimer’s patients.
- The Hadassah team was first in the world to find that neural stem cells have healing qualities that ameliorate harmful inflammation in the brain and protect it from injury.
- Hadassah researchers discovered that stem cells perform two separate and central therapeutic tasks: protect surrounding cells from injury and induce natural repair; and inhibit inflammatory processes in the brain—processes that play a role in disorders, including Alzheimer’s.