Rebuttal Rewrite- brobeanfarms

Wishing Upon a Miracle

Discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease has been a wish made for the past century and those who wish are still awaiting a miracle. Researcher’s have spent countless hours dating back to 1906 conducting research in hope of discovering what Alzheimer’s really is. Like any other disease or illness, researchers are set out to discover a cure; unfortunately for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, a cure has yet to come. Extensive research can be costly, but a world without Alzheimer’s Disease would pay great dividends to society. A vast majority of patients in assisting living facilities and nursing homes suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Stated by MacGill, “Nearly 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia (Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Facts & Figures).” Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist is credited with identifying the first published case of “presenile dementia” in 1907, a condition that is now called Alzheimer’s disease. Far too often, the family of a loved one are told by a doctor that their loved one is unfortunately diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition that causes unusual changes in the cerebrum, the main part of the brain, which chiefly influences memory and other mental capacities which is not a typical piece of aging. Typically, memory loss is the first side effect that surfaces. In the late stages of Alzheimer’s, the assistance needed is usually provided by close family members and/or medical professionals. As the disease advances, the loss of thinking capacity, dialect, basic leadership capacity, judgment and other basic aptitudes make everyday living incomprehensible without assistance from others. Beside the patient, the connections in the family are incredibly influenced by the infection. In the family, everyone is affected by Alzheimer’s differently. Grandchildren tend to be traumatized when their loving grandparent can longer identify who any one is. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the grandchild is torn as he/she watches as his/her grandparent’s brain becomes succumbed by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease is most widely known for as a family illness. The chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. An effective treatment will address the needs of the entire family, leading to an all round healthy environment. Any individual who provides care and support for the individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are put through an immense amount of stress. As a result, each individual providing care must also focus on their own health. Advice from “Breakthrough Drug for Patients” assists by adding, “Emotional and practical support, counseling, resource information and educational programs about Alzheimer’s disease all help a caregiver provide the best possible care for a loved one.” Though families do their absolute best in caring, the stress causes tension between the entire family which in turn is even more stressful to the patient than the disease itself. By creating a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, families can live in peace knowing that they will never need to experience such a tragic event.

Works Cited

“Breakthrough Drug for Patients.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

“Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzhiemer’s Foundation of America, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

MacGill, Markus. “Alzheimer’s Disease.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 29 Apr. 2016. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

Rebuttal- brobeanfarms

Wishing Upon a Miracle

Discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease has been a wish made for the past century and those who wish are still awaiting a miracle. Researcher’s have spent countless hours dating back to 1906 conducting research in hope of discovering what Alzheimer’s really is. Like any other disease or illness, researchers are set out to discover a cure; unfortunately for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, a cure has yet to come. Extensive research can be costly, but a world without Alzheimer’s Disease would pay great dividends to society. A vast majority of patients in assisting living facilities and nursing homes suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Stated by MacGill, “Nearly 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia (Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Facts & Figures).” Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist is credited with identifying the first published case of “presenile dementia” in 1907, a condition that is now called Alzheimer’s disease. Far too often, the family of a loved one are told by a doctor that their loved one is unfortunately diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition that causes abnormal changes in the brain, mainly affecting memory and other mental abilities which is not a normal part of aging. Loss of memory is the usual first symptom. As the disease progresses, the loss of reasoning ability, language, decision-making ability, judgment and other critical skills make navigating day-to-day living impossible without help from others, most often a family member or friend. Sometimes, but not always, difficult changes in personality and behavior occur. Aside from the patient, the relationships in the family are greatly affected by the disease. A grandchild, for instance, is usually very close to his/her grandparent. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the grandchild is torn as he/she watches as his/her grandparent’s brain becomes succumbed by Alzheimer’s.

Far too often, the family of a loved one are told by a doctor that their loved one is unfortunately diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition that causes abnormal changes in the brain, mainly affecting memory and other mental abilities which is not a normal part of aging. Loss of memory is the usual first symptom. As the disease progresses, the loss of reasoning ability, language, decision-making ability, judgment and other critical skills make navigating day-to-day living impossible without help from others, most often a family member or friend. Sometimes, but not always, difficult changes in personality and behavior occur. Aside from the patient, the relationships in the family are greatly affected by the disease. A grandchild, for instance, is usually very close to his/her grandparent. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the grandchild is torn as he/she watches as his/her grandparent’s brain becomes succumbed by Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. An effective treatment will address the needs of the entire family. Caregivers must focus on their own needs, take time for their own health and get support and respite from caregiving regularly to be able to sustain their well-being during this caregiving journey. Emotional and practical support, counseling, resource information and educational programs about Alzheimer’s disease all help a caregiver provide the best possible care for a loved one. Though families do their absolute best in caring, the stress causes tension between the entire family which in turn is even more stressful to the patient than the disease itself. By creating a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, families can live in peace knowing that they will never need to experience such a tragic event.

Works Cited

“Breakthrough Drug for Patients.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

“Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzhiemer’s Foundation of America, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

MacGill, Markus. “Alzheimer’s Disease.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 29 Apr. 2016. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

Robust Verbs- brobeanfarms

Vancouver is currently at war with heroin and crime. The “free heroin for addicts” program is effective in attempt to reduce addiction and crime. The problem is that addicts are the cause of crime. It is obvious that addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day lives. Daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain due to addiction. Heroin users will do whatever it takes to receive this drug. The types of crimes committed range from breaking and entering to stealing. There are no limits to where they will go to retrieve this drug so that they can feed their addiction. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin. It is only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. By providing the drug, these addicts will be off the streets. In turn, minor street crimes will be prevented. As a result, heroin users will be kept out of the hospital. It is pointless that the hospitals have to deal with people that want to use bad drugs or unsanitary needles and find themselves being unable to afford hospital bills and hard to cope without the drug. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible. The city will benefit while the addicts will still suffer addiction.

Enough About You- brobeanfarms

Money plays a key role based upon success in society. Money is valuable in different ways, even when we don’t see it physically. In today’s society we must have faith that we have a proper, trustworthy banking system. Failure to do so will result in the disuse of storing money in banking accounts. Many individuals do to understand the way a bank works. We are taught that money is simple; we either have it or we do not. After being introduced to this assignment however, the Yap Fei, US gold, French francs, Brazilian cruzeros, and debit accounts now seem similar. We do not witness the transfer of money. When pay day comes around, the money is directly transferred to our bank account rather than being handed checks which leads to the need of trust in the banking system.

Definition Rewrite- brobeanfarms

As technology advanced, so did the average life span of the human race. Over time we have come across many new diseases, some with a higher severity. Out of every single disease, there is one that still stands out and strikes curiosity, Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Discovered in 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in brain tissue along with behavioral changes, which inevitably led to the discovery of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia, which also affects the brain tissue and the way the brain functions.

The brain itself is a complex organ. Signals which form memories and thoughts move through an individual nerve cell as a tiny electrical charge. Each thought generated as a result of the brain function creates these charges. After the electrical charge is formed, nerve cells connect to one another at something called synapses. When a charge reaches a synapse, it may trigger release of tiny bursts of chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters travel across the synapse, carrying signals to other cells. Scientists have identified dozens of neurotransmitters. In other words, this is how the brain communicates with the body and allows the body to carry out the necessary functions. In Alzheimer’s Disease, plaques can commonly be found between the dying cells in the brain from the build-up of a protein called beta-amyloid. The tangles created from these plaques are within the brain neurons from a disintegration of another protein, called tau. These built up protein clumps found around the neurons in the brain are the main cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. These clumps disrupt the way electrical charges travel within cells and the activity of neurotransmitters, making it difficult for the brain to carry out necessary actions.

Works Cited

“Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer’s Association.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer’s Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

“Alzheimer’s Disease: MedlinePlus.” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Annotated Bibliography- brobeanfarms

“Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer’s Association.” Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia | Alzheimer’s Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Background: This article differentiates between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Diagnosing either or can be very problematic.

How I used it: I used this article as a key point to support my thesis. There is not enough research conducted towards a cure for Alzheimer’s. Not only this, but doctors are also undereducated in this field. It is extremely difficult to differentiate between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia which demonstrates the lack of research.

 

“Alzheimer’s Disease: MedlinePlus.” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Background: This article provides information regarding every aspect of Alzheimer’s Disease. This ranges from the effects, how it is formed, and also theories as to why it forms.

How I used it: I incorporated this all throughout the paper, but more so on how the disease is formed. The process is very complex, so this article breaks everything down to help fully understand the complicated process.

 

Thompson, Dennis. “Alzheimer’s Disease Center: Dementia Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.

Background: Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease are not very effective. Because it is a terminal disease, treatment can only slow the progression. This article also provides pre-diagnosed symptoms as well.

How I used it: Due to the lack of a cure, the only hope for patients with Alzheimer’s would be treatment. Treatments for the disease can vary, some more effective than others. This is a huge component which supports my thesis.

 

“Plaques in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Nature. International Weekly Journal of Science, 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.

Background: The process of the formation of Alzheimer’s Disease is complex itself. The build up of protein plaques in the brain on the neurotransmitters is the main cause of the disease. This provides the make-up of these plaques as well as why they may form.

How I used it: With the process of how Alzheimer’s forms, this article confirms what exactly the plaques that cause the disease are made up of. This contributed to the part of the paper explaining how the disease forms.

 

Park, Alice. “Alzheimer’s from a New Angle.” Time. Time, 11 Feb. 2016. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Background: The global crisis for Alzheimer’s is continually becoming more severe. This goes into depth of how our country is affected, as well as the world as a whole. With the average life expectancy rising, Alzheimer’s is becoming more prevalent and more common. Also goes into depth with patient suicides.

How I used it: Aside from the effects Alzheimer’s has on the individuals and families, hospitals and nursing homes are required to expand upon the needs for patients with Alzheimer’s. I also used this article to go into depth about patient suicides.

 

“What Are the 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease?” Alzheimers.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.

Background: The progression of Alzheimer’s is complex and long. There are seven stages of Alzheimer’s, each progressively becoming more severe. This is how doctors diagnose patients with this disease to determine the severity of the disease. This is related to the diagnosing of cancer and the stages that it possesses.

How I used it: The first stage of this disease is harmless, which may lead to why this disease isn’t labeled as serious, dangerous disease that it needs to be. I personally explained each step based on my research in attempt to portray the severity of this disease and why we need the research to discover a cure.

 

“Medications for Memory Loss.” Latest Medication for Memory Loss | Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s Association, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Background: Medications are the only hope for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Since there is currently not a cure, medication may be taken to lighten the symptoms and even possibly slow the progression of the disease down, though not curing the disease.

How I used it: This article was significant in providing information for treatment. The treatment options are not very effective.

 

“Breakthrough Drug for Patients.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

Background: This is the medication that is most effective for treating Alzheimer’s. It goes in depth on the process and how this drug works. It helps to eliminate the visible effects of Alzheimer’s, although it does not stop the progression. In other words, this drug only “masks” Alzheimer’s Disease.

How I used it: Scientists are conducting research for a cure, but in 110 years, the only breakthrough discovered is a treatment option. I used this in my paper to demonstrate that research has only began to break the surface of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

“Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzhiemer’s Foundation of America, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Background: To have an understanding of what Alzheimer’s exactly is is important. This provides a general background of the disease as well as the doctor who had discovered it 110 years ago.

How I used it: I used this article from time to time to help provide a better understanding on the disease. From previously not fully knowing what Alzheimer’s Disease was, this article helped me gain a better understanding.

 

MacGill, Markus. “Alzheimer’s Disease.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 29 Apr. 2016. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

Background: Every aspect of Alzheimer’s Disease is covered. More specifically, the risk factors that may trigger Alzheimer’s are listed as well although these risk factors have not been scientifically proven to cause Alzheimer’s.

How I used it: Although this article covers every aspect of Alzheimer’s, I used this for main purpose of risk factors as well as what can be done to help prevent this disease.