Alzheimer's vs Dementia-What's the Difference?

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Interviewer: Doctor, there's a difference between Alzheimer's and other
forms of dementia. Is that correct?

Dr. Guonsong Liu: Yeah.

Interviewer: How does somebody know the difference and can a magnesium
supplement potentially help the whole range?

Dr. Liu: Yeah, so, actually to the medical field, obviously, there are
different kinds of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. So
my own philosophy, just my own opinion, is a different kind of sentence,
different kind of name. Is simply because there is a regional-specific
that's called degeneration.

For example, if you degenerate the neuron in your fore-brain and you have a
working memory problem. If you significant degeneration of synapse,
[inaudible 00:00:44] with synapse, in hippocampus memory problem.

Now if you have degeneration [inaudible 00:00:53], which is the brain
region, important for motor control, and you're going to have Parkinson's
disease. But all of them are simply degeneration. From that angle, then we
think the magnesium treatment or so will be helpful for all of them because
of them are degeneration and magnesium is just pro-generation.

So that's why we are very active, not only in Alzheimer's disease and we're
also interest in Parkinson's disease. And you might say how can a lab
actually work on two major disease at the same time because deeply we feel
both are degeneration from the degeneration point of view, the same.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Liu: So we could... this compound can work on both sides at the same
time simply because they are degeneration.

Interviewer: Sure.

Dr. Liu: It just states though the reason they show different symptoms is
that Parkinson's disease show motor dysfunction, motor system. It's simply
the brain neuron which control motor function [inaudible 00:01:54] being
degenerated.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Liu: So then, therefore, you give some magnesium can help them, you
know, for Parkinson's disease.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Liu: Same you go to the memory system if the neuron control memory is
gone, they have a memory symptoms. So, in this case, if you have, whatever
region which is degenerated, you see a specific function. It's almost like,
you know, if your hands, muscle in your hands [inaudible 00:02:19] getting
weaker, then you have a hand problem. And muscle leg in your leg had a
problem, then you have a leg problem. So, but both of these things are just
muscle problems.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Liu: So, in our opinion, all those neurological diseases, degenerative
diseases have same cause. It's just degeneration of neuron in particular
brain region.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Liu: So under that condition, any pro, you know, increase the...
actually make the neuron more healthy should be helpful.
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Dr. Guosong Liu discusses the possible differences between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. He also discusses the possible benefits for both as well as potential benefits for other conditions such as parkinson's disease.

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