• By Jen O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Radio: Alzheimer’s disease

August 24, 2017

Alzheimer's medical illustration of amyloid plaquesAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. At first, someone with Alzheimer's disease may notice mild confusion and difficulty remembering. Eventually, people with the disease may forget important people in their lives and undergo dramatic personality changes.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, will provide an update on diagnosis and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease. Also on the program, Dr. Landon Trost, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, shares a warning about the dangers of taking herbal Viagra. And Dr. Sanjay Bagaria, a surgeon at Mayo Clinic, will explain hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy — a cancer treatment using heated chemotherapy.

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