by Olaberge on March 17, 2014 - 11:51am
In 1907, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, was presenting is studies on a 51 years old women who was suffering from presenile dementia which is now known as Alzheimer’s disease. His paper was a great advance in the research of this disease and that’s why they changed the name of the disease to his name. His paper also allowed to make this situation a disease instead of a standard situation related to ageing. Mr. Alzheimer has also made significant contribution to other diseases like “general paralysis of the insane, cerebral atherosclerosis, damaged cause by alcoholism and acute syphilitic infections of the brain” (Small and Cappai, 708), but he is mostly remembered for his work on the Alzheimer’s disease.
His research on this disease has had a huge impact all over the world mostly for the diagnosis of the Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is something pretty disturbing that is happening right now since the number of person diagnosed with this disease keeps increasing over the years. It has been projected that in 2025, in some states of the U.S. there will be an increase of 81.1% to 127% in the number of person diagnosed with Alzheimer. Also, in the U.S. between the years 2000 and 2010, there was an increase of 68% of death from Alzheimer.(Alzheimer’s Association) It isn’t clear if those increase are due to an amelioration in the diagnosis of this disease or to today’s lifestyle. In our days, this disease is still not curable, but we have prevention programs and we can slow down the effects of the disease. Also there are many research that our looking for a cure for this horrible disease.
This person’s work can easily be related to my previous post on former NFL players who are suing the NFL for their lack of intervention regarding the head injury issue in their league. Most of these former players suffer of will suffer severe consequences because of their career in the NFL. A study made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has revealed that NFL players are more at risk of suffering Alzheimer’s disease. They are also 4 times more at risk of dying from it.
Personally, I can relate easily to Mr. Alzheimer’s study since my grandfather and five of his brothers and sisters suffer or have suffered of Alzheimer so this is something I’m pretty familiar with and also it’s something that concerns me for my future. (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pgms/worknotify/pdfs/NFL_Notification_02.pdf)
· Small, David H., Cappai, Roberto. “Alois Alzheimer and Alzheimer's disease: a centennial perspective.” Journal of Neurochemistry 99.3 (November 2006): 708-710. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 March 2014. (http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=989c2167-762a-4dde-8ae1-5e4d108bcad4%40sessionmgr4002&hid=4212)
· Alzheimer’s Association. 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Chicago, IL: National Office, Web. 17 March 2014. (http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2013.pdf)