Alzheimer’s disease not only affects the person diagnosed with this cognitive disease, but it negatively affects a family as a whole. American ranked Alzheimer’s as the most feared disease even before cancer. While efforts to find a cure have been unsuccessful, research continues to be done on this cognitive disease. Diagnostic imaging scans are now being used as a tool to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s no surprise that as we get older, our memory will not remain as good as it once was. But the question is…why? Does everyone develop at least a mild case of dementia? Does part of our brain deteriorate? Do we simply not have enough room for any more memories?
Heather Bailey, from Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that there is an atrophy in the medial temporal lobe in the brain. This atrophy leads to the inability to process everyday events.
For example, when you struggle to remember what you had for breakfast yesterday morning, you know it’s different from lunch […]