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Presentation or Panel Title

Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Location

Guzman 112

Start Date

4-15-2016 1:20 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 1:35 PM

Department

Health Sciences

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Martha Nelson, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a problem that needs attention. The health care world needs to be more cautious and do further research with the disease. The world of healthcare is a place where mistakes can be crucial. However, people as intelligent as physicians are still bound to make those mistakes when dealing with another person’s life. Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disease that targets the older generation. This disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. There are other neurological diseases that sometimes have been mistakenly diagnosed as Alzheimer’s because of similar symptoms. The patient might have something less severe than AD and can actually be treated for the disease. Therefore, they are not going to receive appropriate treatment and can actually make their situation worse.

I plan to talk about the general information of AD. I also have researched numerous studies including clinical assessment of AD and studies of human brains and the affects of AD to the brain. I plan to touch based on how often does misdiagnosis of AD happen and include: early signs, importance on getting a second opinion, why misdiagnosing occurs, if physicians are jumping to the conclusion of AD very fast, what we should do about it, and how the public should be informed. The main purpose is to inform an audience that there has to be severe procedures that can help distinguish AD that can help prevent misdiagnosis through a podcast. A person can be diagnosed with AD and be treated for AD. However, if misdiagnosed, the disease might be less severe than AD and the person was able to get proper treatment that might have removed the disease completely. People should have more information on AD because of the prevalence of AD in older the population. It is important for health care professionals, researchers, and scientists to take initiative on this cause and try to find a cure that would treat AD and that would separate it from all the other common neurological diseases.

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Apr 15th, 1:20 PM Apr 15th, 1:35 PM

Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Guzman 112

The misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a problem that needs attention. The health care world needs to be more cautious and do further research with the disease. The world of healthcare is a place where mistakes can be crucial. However, people as intelligent as physicians are still bound to make those mistakes when dealing with another person’s life. Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disease that targets the older generation. This disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. There are other neurological diseases that sometimes have been mistakenly diagnosed as Alzheimer’s because of similar symptoms. The patient might have something less severe than AD and can actually be treated for the disease. Therefore, they are not going to receive appropriate treatment and can actually make their situation worse.

I plan to talk about the general information of AD. I also have researched numerous studies including clinical assessment of AD and studies of human brains and the affects of AD to the brain. I plan to touch based on how often does misdiagnosis of AD happen and include: early signs, importance on getting a second opinion, why misdiagnosing occurs, if physicians are jumping to the conclusion of AD very fast, what we should do about it, and how the public should be informed. The main purpose is to inform an audience that there has to be severe procedures that can help distinguish AD that can help prevent misdiagnosis through a podcast. A person can be diagnosed with AD and be treated for AD. However, if misdiagnosed, the disease might be less severe than AD and the person was able to get proper treatment that might have removed the disease completely. People should have more information on AD because of the prevalence of AD in older the population. It is important for health care professionals, researchers, and scientists to take initiative on this cause and try to find a cure that would treat AD and that would separate it from all the other common neurological diseases.