Many Theories about the Causes of Dementia

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

For regular readers of this blog, it is my hope that certain lines of thought emerge clearly and consistently.

For example, we think that early detection of memory loss combined with an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment yields great benefits to the patient, particularly when the underlying problem is a degenerative brain disorder such as Alzheimer's disease.

We also believe that, although a cure for Alzheimer's disease is badly needed, current medications are significantly more efficacious than widely believed. The truth is, we intervene too late in most cases to objectively evaluate the efficacy of a regimen that includes a balanced diet, physical/mental exercise, and drug therapy. Earlier detection and intervention could greatly improve treatment with today's approved medications.

One other theme that should be clear is that, despite a diligent and ongoing effort among some of the world's preeminent scientists, the cause(s) of Alzheimer's disease and it's ultimate dementing effects are poorly understood at many levels. A thorough read of the current literature, partially summarized in these posts, makes it clear that no single theory has emerged as the most likely explanation.

Because it is novel and interesting, but also to make the point that scientists are still casting a fairly wide net in their attempt to understand Alzheimer's disease, I am sharing this story about a theory from a scientist in Russia. As reported in New Scientist, Yuri Moskalenko has introduced the idea that dementia from many conditions and disorders (including Alzheimer's disease) is at least partially caused by intracranial pressure, a problem that can be relieved by drilling a hole in the skull.

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