Neurodegenerative Disease

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Last Updated: 11 May 2022

Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease are one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases. Since a 2021 report, the Alzheimer's Disease Association estimates that the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease could be as many as 6. 2 million. An estimated 1. 2 million people in the United States can be living with Parkinson's disease by 2030. When nerve cells in the brain or outer nervous system lose function over time and inevitably die, neurodegenerative diseases occur. Therapies might help eliminate some of the mental or physical symptoms associated with neurodegenerative diseases, there is currently no way to slow down disease progression and no known cures. The risk of being affected by a neurodegenerative disease increases drastically with age. More Americans living longer suggests more people may be affected by neurodegenerative diseases in coming years. That is, an individual may have a gene that makes them more vulnerable to a certain neurodegenerative disease.

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