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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, August 21, 2020

alzheimers news-all you need to know about alzheimers

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this article i am linking here is a thorough review of what we know about alzheimers disease how to diagnose it and how to treat it in 2020

it is a review article that covers it all
biogen sponsored the article
they make aducanumab the drug i was on

many of the things thats written about in the article has been in my blog over the last few years
if you read this article you will know when you finish reading it what we know about alzheimers in 2020

there is a discussion of the three phases of alzheimers
preclinical or prealzheimers
mci or mild cognitive impairment
alzheimers with its 3 stages mild moderate severe

eg i am mci
when i was 50 i was probably prealzheimers
ten years ago i thought i would be in the mild to moderate alzheimers stage in 2020
but so far im not

some of the genetics are discussed
i have the late onset gene double version apoe 4 which increases your risk for developing late onset alzheimers
some folks have the inherited early onset alzheimers disease
this gene represents <1% of the cases of alzheimers disease cases

the new tests for biomarkers are discussed
i have had all of them but the tau protein scan
my spinal fluid for amyloid and tau are positive as is my amyvid pet scan for amyloid

the memory testing is discussed
i have had a lot of  memory testing over the last 10 years
lucky for me my memory test normal now

treatments that are approved by the fda are discussed
there are many options
i use aricept (donnepezil) to slow down symptoms
there are several research drugs including the biogen aducanumab drug i was on discussed
one of these will probably eventually be approved by the fda and be used to slow the disease down

if you want to know where we are with alzheimers disease read this article
if you have a loved one with the diagnosis and want to know more about the evaluation and treatment and research of alzheimers then read the article

most of the most important potential treatments that are being researched are mentioned including my drug the aducanumab

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