Exciting New Alzheimer’s Research

“New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function––Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.”

While human tests are still in the future (first mice, next sheep, then humans), an ultrasound technique disrupts the blood-brain barrier just long enough for the brain’s own microglia cells to sweep up some of the plaques and tangles that destroy memory. Early results show that 75% of the mice tested regained some of their cognitive function. This non-invasive approach will be wonderful news if the early studies hold true for humans as well. March 19, 2015