What are neurodegenerative conditions?

Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and / or death of nerve cells. This causes problems with movement (called ataxias), mental functioning (called dementias) and affect a person’s ability to move, speak and breathe.

What are the most common neurodegenerative disorders?

Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most common neurodegenerative diseases. As of a 2021 report, the Alzheimer’s Disease Association estimates that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease could be as many as 6.2 million.

What are some examples of degenerative diseases?

Degenerative disorders include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
  • Parkinson’s disease.

What conditions affect the brain?

Types of Brain Disorders

  • Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Dementias.
  • Brain Cancer.
  • Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders.
  • Mental Disorders.
  • Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders.
  • Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

What causes brain degeneration?

Degenerative brain diseases are caused by the decline and death of nerve cells called neurons. These diseases are progressive, meaning that the condition worsens over time as greater numbers of neurons in the brain die.

Is MS a neurodegenerative disorder?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease in which axonal loss is the major cause of irreversible neurological disability. Neurological deficits in MS patients are related to inflammatory demyelination and axonal degeneration.

Is pandemic brain a thing?

Bryan reports another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic is brain fog, where people may experience mental slowing or fatigue, trouble thinking and cognitive inefficiency. Paying attention, problem-solving, organizing and completing daily tasks may feel challenging, effortful and difficult.