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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 218-230

Alzheimer’s Disease: Causes, Treatments, and Recent Research

George B. Kauffman

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published: 10 June 2010

Abstract. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), an incurable, irreversible, and devastating brain disorder, is the second most feared illness in the United States. The frequency of AD is expected to increase rapidly during the next decades because of the increasing age of human populations, one of the unintended consequences of better nutrition and medicine. It affects as many as five million Americans, a number that could soar to 16 million by 2050. This article continues the previous article by Kauffman and Adloff on the life and work of German neuropsychiatrist Alois Alzheimer (1864–1915), the naming of the disease, and its implications for society as the population ages. It deals with the etiology (causes) of AD, the nature of memory, recent research on treatment and cure of AD, and journals and associations involved with AD.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; history of science; pharmaceutical chemistry; pharmaceutical research; enzymes; drugs and treatments; psychiatry; psychopharmacology; dementia; alzheimer’s disease; biochemistry; memory; medical research; clinical research; social implications of disease; journals; associations

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