Introduction/Alzheimer’s Disease: From Research to Practice




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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative syndrome that often first manifests with mild cognitive, language, and behavioral symptoms that gradually From the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, and the Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. worsen in severity, eventually requiring total care for affected patients. Its incidence and prevalence increase exponentially with age. AD is the most common form of dementia among the elderly, affecting approximately four million patients in the United States.

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