Cairo, december 19- Launching the “Hyatk mkmla” “Your Life is Complete” campaign to support Alzheimer’s, depression and Parkinson’s patients
The “Hyatk Mkmla” campaign was launched to support and educate patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and depression. It is organized by a group of neurologists at Egyptian universities, in cooperation with Eva Pharma, one of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
A group of brain and neurosciences professors participating in the " Hyatk mkmla" campaign held a press conference to announce the launch of the campaign during which Dr. Hany Aref, Secretary General of the Egyptian Society of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, said that Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common causes of the "dementia", explaining that advancing age is one of the main causes of the disease and that the possibility of Alzheimer's disease increases among people over the age of sixty-five, and this is due to the deposition of some proteins in the nerve cells that form the memory center, which results in a defect in the functions of those cells.
Dr Hany pointed out that there are treatments that help delay the deterioration of the condition of Alzheimer's patients, which is a good step to fight the disease and control symptoms, pointing out that there are studies on a number of drugs that prevent the deposition of protein, but they have not definitively succeeded in eradicating the disease.
He pointed out that depression and a bad psychological state are also among the causes that cause forgetfulness in young people, and a thyroid disorder can also affect memory.
Dr. Maged Abdel-Naseer, Head of the Department of Neurology at Kasr Al-Aini and President of the Arab Federation of Neurological Societies, confirmed that there is an Alzheimer’s case that occurs every 3 seconds worldwide, with expectations of an increase in injuries in the coming years, bringing the total number of patients around the world to 139 million patients.
Adding that women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, due to the hormonal changes that women go through, stressing the existence of a mutual relationship between Alzheimer's and depression, as each may lead to the other.
He revealed recent studies on the impact of Corona on the elderly whose condition required hospitalization, stressing that blurry thinking and forgetfulness are among the most important symptoms of post-Corona syndrome, especially among the elderly.
Dr. Hatem Samir, Professor of Neurosciences and Head of the Movement Disorders Unit at the Egyptian Neurological Society, said that Parkinson's disease affects the nervous system and its symptoms begin to appear between the ages of 40 and 60, and the incidence increases with age.
He added that this disease occurs as a result of a lack of dopamine in the brain, which is a substance that helps in proper arbitration in the motor pattern, and its deficiency leads to a disorder in neuromuscular coordination and harms movement.
He said that there are some unclear symptoms of the disease, such as feeling tired, slight shaking, speaking in a low voice, inability to write regularly, and poor concentration, while there are some obvious symptoms of the disease, such as tremors in the upper and lower extremities, and they often begin in the hand and fingers, and may extend to the feet and head. The patient appears as if he is rolling rosary beads between his thumb and forefinger, and they disappear during sleep, and increase with tension and anxiety, and this tremor may lead to difficulty in writing and signing, with difficulty in eating, especially drinking liquids such as water and soup.
He added: Muscular stiffness is also a symptom of the disease, as a change in the straightening of the body appears and the tendency to bend forward, and he walks with short, creeping, accelerated steps.
As Dr. said. Ali Soliman, President of the Egyptian Society of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, said that the global incidence of Parkinson's disease ranges between 10 or 20 cases per 100,000 people.
He gave several tips for coping with Parkinson's disease, including taking enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water on an ongoing basis, exercising, especially walking daily, taking warm water showers, and taking some nutritional supplements.
For his part, Dr. Amjad Talaat, General Manager of the Specialized Medicines Department at Eva Pharma, confirmed the role of pharmaceutical companies in supporting patients and health care providers to improve access to medical services within the social responsibility of those companies, pointing to Eva Pharma's interest in improving mental health, Spreading awareness about drugs for neurological and psychological diseases, and benefiting from important medical research.
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