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Inside the Closed World of the Brain: How brain cells connect, share and disengage - and why this holds the key to Alzheimer's d

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Inside the Closed World of the Brain: How brain cells connect, share and disengage - and why this holds the key to Alzheimer's d by Margaret T. Reece

If you are new to the neuroscience of memory and want to keep your brain cells healthy this is a must read. This book is for students who are studying anatomy and physiology of the brain. It is also for those individuals who have a family member affected by Alzheimer's disease and who want to know what this disease really is.

An accessible, clear and informative overview of anatomy and physiology of the human brain is provided for students and lay people alike without over simplification. For anyone having concerns around the degenerative processes of Alzheimer's disease, this presentation will help them understand the ongoing research for its causes and cure. Most adults fear the onset of dementia in general, and Alzheimer's disease in particular, more than physical disability. Many ask: What is Alzheimer's disease? Could I have it? Answers to these questions require first an accurate understanding of how the brain's many types of cells connect, share and effortlessly disengage.

"Inside the Closed World of the Brain" is organized to take a reader on a journey through the brain that begins with tactics for quickly learning the necessary words. Next, there is an explanation of the general organization of the human brain both at the visual and microscopic level. After that the brain's system for internal quality control of its watery environment, critical for neuron function, is described. From there the reader is introduced to all of the cells of the brain and how they work together under normal circumstances to form memory and acquire language. Then, scientists' current understanding of how this system fails in Alzheimer's dementia is presented. Postmortem data from long-lived, mentally competent people is compared to that from people who died of Alzheimer's disease. This comparison, only recently available, is leading to a re-evaluation of how Alzheimer's disease develops.

Readers are saying: "This book is an outstanding, massively CLEAR, explanation of brain anatomy, physiology, and approach to pathology." John R. Minarcik, MD, Global Online Medical School Pathology Course "This excellent book provides the basics of neuroanatomy and physiology needed by undergraduate students. The ending describing the neural basis of Alzheimer's disease is awesome." Raju Suresh Kumar, PhD, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences - Jeddah Campus, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia "I recommend this volume to students and lay people alike. This book gives the "English translation" so many of us need when confronted with the usual technical jargon and diffuse scientific writing associated with texts on the nervous system in general and the brain in particular. I wish it had been available when I was teaching the nervous system to first year students." Dorothy W. Gietzen, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Emerita, University of California, Davis.

Three points of Particular Interest in the Book's Content: 1. The ability to form and recall memories develops during infancy in parallel with the brain's capacity for understanding and speaking a language. 2. The non-neuron cells of the brain, the glia and microglia, actively participate in regulating its neural activity and its state of good health. Yet, glia and microglia are also significant contributors to the demise of the memory neurons lost in Alzheimer's dementia. 3. Some long-lived, mentally competent people at death have large deposits of amyloid-β between their brain neurons and tau tangles within the neurons, hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. Yet, their neurons do not die. It is possible that accumulations of amyloid-β and tau tangles in the brain are side effects, rather than the cause, of Alzheimer's disease.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 252
Size: 16.3 MB
Publisher: Reece Biomedical Consulting LLC
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780996351317 (DRM-EPUB)

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