The Fragile Brain: The strange, hopeful science of dementia

Hardcover | December 8, 2016

byKathleen Taylor

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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as a stroke, Alzheimer's and dementia, are now tragically commonplace within the western world. Our brains are a strange and complex organ, and there is much to be discovered about what causes them to fail in such devastating ways. In this book Kathleen Taylor presents the ever-developing research into the cause and cure of these life-changing conditions, focusing on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuroimmunology - the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain.Interweaving the latest scientific ideas on neurodegenerative diseases with accounts of the devastation which illnesses affecting the brain can cause to sufferers and to anyone who cares about them, The Fragile Brain is not only an important account of current research in this field, but a verypersonal study. As instances of dementia rise in our ageing populations, many harbour anxieties concerning the future.This book is about knowing the enemy.

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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as a stroke, Alzheimer's and dementia, are now tragically commonplace within the western world. Our brains are a strange and complex organ, and there is much to be discovered about what causes them to fail in such devastating ways. In this book Kathleen Taylor presents the ever-developing research into...

Dr Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. In 2002 she won two writing competitions run by the Times Higher Educatio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:358 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:December 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Fragile BrainsSection 1: The Problem2. Living well and growing old3. Counting the costs4. Brain disorders affect all of us5. Discovering dementia6. Protein problems7. Too much amyloid8. Transfers in?9. How to clean your brainSection 2: Risk Factors10. The risk of risk factors11. The inescapables - age, gender, and genes12. Injury and surgery13. Infection and Inflammation14. Big killers15. Consumerism, literally16. Exercise17. Traditional vices18. Unhealthy environments19. Use it or lose it20. What are your chances?Section 3: Mechanisms21. The puzzle of amyloid22. The promise of amyloid23. Probing the frontiers24. The end is only the beginningBibliographyIndex