Gene therapy is now in the forefront of options that could be used to treat alzheimers. The gene’s responsible for alzheimers will be replaced by healthy genes and this will slow or prevent the onset of alzheimers. Even though this may be a costly procedure, it will be worth it. The pains that families and friends of alzheimers patients have to go through will be reduced and the elderly will have one less disease to worry about.

Prevention

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Exercising regularly and eating right will help increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Which in turn helps prevent dementia

There appears to be a strong link between future risk of Alzheimer’s and serious head trauma, especially when injury involves loss of consciousness. You can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by protecting your head.

Treatment

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease however, active medical management can improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Prevalence

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

It is estimated that as many as 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

About 5 percent of men and women ages 65 to 74 have Alzheimer’s disease; nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease.

Deaths because of AD have increased by 66%

Every 69 seconds, someone in America develops AD; by 2050, the time is expected to accelerate to every 33 seconds.

In 2050, the incidence of AD is expected to approach nearly a million people per year, with a total estimated prevalence of 11 to 16 million people.

Risk Factors

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
Scientists don’t understand factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease
But known factors are:
Age – The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
Family history of Alzheimer’s disease – Researchers believe that genetics may play a role in an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

All about Alzheimer’s

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia among older adults, affects parts of the brain that control thinking, remembering and making decisions. It can seriously impair a person’s ability to complete daily activities.

More ethical concerns

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Brain enhancements were found possible in the 1990s by scientists who manipulated memory-linked genes in fruit flies; which produced flies with photographic memories. Now if these same brain enhancements are used not for treatment of Down Syndrome or Alzheimer’s or any age related memory loss and is used merely to be smart, society will have two classes of people; the very smart ones due to gene enhancements and those who are dumb, not because they cannot reason but because all they can afford to have is their natural capacities. In Danielle Simmons’ article, “Genetic Inequality: Human Genetic Engineering,” she explains how enhancements to God-given traits can affect a given society and the world as a whole.  If the genes are transferable from one generation to another, then the two extremes in intellectual class will become permanent. In support of this view, the question that Sandel poses is whether this scenario will be troubling because the unenhanced poor would be denied the benefits of bioengineering, or because the enhanced affluent would somehow be dehumanized? Sandel goes on to show that discrepancies in genetically enhanced children and naturally conceived children can affect cultural outlook of society. There wouldn’t be any problems if children with genetically enhanced intelligence or beauty were similar to children conceived naturally. “ However if it turns out that designer children tend to become predictably successful adults, and prenatal engineering tends to reinforce convictions of genetic essentialism and aggressive consumerism, then the shift from chance to choice in consideration may strengthen temptations toward hyper parenting and narrow consideration for the misfortune of others. (Sandel, 2004)” This dilemma with brain enhancement is quite controversial.

Also, children come naturally into this world with God given talents and abilities which are unpredictable and dependent on environmental factors and gene enhancements undermine these natural abilities. Parents have for some time now been trying to choose the sex of their children and today, due to the discovery of bioengineering, it has become possible. Prenatal tests using amniocentesis and ultrasound is one of ways by which sex selection begun. Women have ultrasounds to determine the sex of their offspring before they are born. However some parents prefer one sex to the other and from ultrasound results, may decide to abort a child because of its sex. (Sandel, 2004) These medical technologies were developed to detect genetic abnormalities such as spina bifida or Down syndrome. Even among those who favor abortion rights, few are in favor of abortion simply because the parents do not want a particular sex for a child.

The quest of perfection in children, however, makes mothers assume the role of God and they inhibit the natural formation of their own children. Sandel also points out that gene enhancements “erode parental love and diminish moral sentiments that social solidarity requires (Sandel, 2004).” When parents are allowed the mandate of ‘choosing traits’ for their children, humanity is undermined and the ability to act freely or to attribute intellectual success to natural effort is threatened. Praise or blame of child will be unclear since it could be argued that the child’s behavior is due to genetic enhancement; thus shifting responsibility of a child’s actions to technology. Thus, for parents to love their children, it will be a matter attributable to either natural ability or technology, and this is quite unsettling.