Western medicine sometimes names a newly discovered disease after the doctor who first discovered it. This is different from the traditional way of thinking of the Chinese people. The Chinese may find this frustrating. But Westerners are proud of it. German Alois Alzheimer (Alois Alzheimer) discovered the disease and was the first to systematically describe it. The industry calls it Alzheimer's Disease, for short, AD, for two letters. That's why his name goes down in history. Similarly, there is Parkinson's disease Parkinson's Disease, abbreviated as PD.
the word"Alzheimer's"in Chinese is not accurate in describing a disease. This expression is misleading to most people. If you ask, how high is the percentage of more than a billion people who think that"this is old and confused", and how many people really realize that it is a real disease similar to heart disease and lung disease? There are many reasons why older people show dementia, Alzheimer's disease may be just one of them, and there are other reasons why the elderly also appear to be infatuated on the outside, but the pathological reasons are completely different.
"Alzheimer's"is a conventional term. Now that you say"Alzheimer's", people in the industry know you're actually trying to say"Alzheimer's."But you have to know that"Alzheimer's"is the most standard term, and the word"Alzheimer's"is not accurate enough.
Alzheimer's disease is said to be a real disease because some harmful amyloid proteins are deposited in the patient's brain. Scholars call it AB42, which accumulates harmful proteins that can damage brain nerves, encroach on brain space, and even form voids in the brain. The attack usually occurs in old age. When amyloid begins to appear, the patient is generally normal, at best is to show forgetfulness and so on, which does not seem to be different from other normal elderly, so it is not easy to detect. By the time the patient begins to show behavioral symptoms of dementia, it is likely that by this time he has deposited a considerable amount of amyloid in his brain, perhaps even a cavity. So it's hard to detect or prevent the disease in advance. You usually have to do an MRI or positron scan to find it, and you're already sick. The specific etiology has not been understood for decades, the emergence of AB42 may be a result rather than a cause, several possible pathogenic genes APP, BACE1, Tau, APOE4 and so on have been studied a lot, but there has been no final conclusion. Whenever we feel close to the truth, the facts always give a cruel counterattack. All the new drugs developed in the past two decades have failed, with a failure rate of 100%. So the scientific community continues to explore hard.