What Is Alzheimer's Disease, And How Does It Affect The Brain?

Dr. Sam Gandy answers the question: 'What Is Alzheimer's Disease?'

BySamuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center
November 19, 2008, 12:19 PM

May 4, 2009 -- Question: What is Alzheimer's disease, and how does it affect the way the brain is supposed to work?

Answer: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain. The most obvious symptom of Alzheimer's tends to be loss of the ability to form and retrieve new memories.

But, in fact, as the disease progresses, all thought is lost and the disease is invariably fatal.

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