Treatment of Alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer's disease was first identified more than 100 years ago but still relatively little is known and understood about the aetiology, pathogenesis, treatment, management and prevention of the disease. Diagnosis is difficult, particularly in the early stages, and effective treatments remain elusive. This article reviews the evidence and theories on the pathogenesis of the disease, outlines risk factors and treatment options and examines some of the ethical dilemmas that nurses and patients face.

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