Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative neurological disease that greatly affects a patient's cognitive abilities. The ]]>National Institutes of Health (NIH)]]> notes that early Alzheimer's disease is often confused with the aging process, with symptoms such as repeating statements, misplacing items, trouble finding names for familiar objects, getting lost on regularly taken routes, personality changes, loss of interest, and difficulties performing tasks. Women, according to the NIH, have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
One of the devastating factors of Alzheimer's disease is that it is not a curable disease; while certain medications can be used to slow down the progression, no treatment is currently available to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. However, new research by University of California Irvine, as reported by ]]>Science Daily]]>, is using stem cells to bring new hope to Alzheimer's disease patients and their families.