Alzheimer’s disease, considered the most common type of dementia, is perhaps most dreaded. This is because it results in memory loss and difficulty in language, thinking, or problem-solving. Alzheimer’s can occur in anyone any time all of a sudden and finally takes a toll on the life of the victim. However, it is mostly seen affecting the elderly.
The symptoms of this difficult condition are as obscure as its origins. Alzheimer’s patients usually need a lot of care and curative attention, especially once the disease progresses considerably. Patients are mostly trapped in a helpless condition, needing assistance with basic bodily functions for years before they finally succumb to the malady.
What technique did the research leverage for good results?
So far breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer’s have been far and few between. However, a new research study conducted in Australia has uncovered a new treatment that can completely restore memory of the patients.
The research was carried out with the help of a particular type of ultrasound known as Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Therapeutic Ultrasound that makes use of sound waves to help open up the blood-brain hurdle, which is a layer that saves the brain from bacteria and stimulates the brain’s microglial cells to move in.
Microglial cells are primarily waste-removal cells. Hence, once they get beyond the blood-brain barrier, they remove the toxic beta-amyloid clumps before the blood-brain barrier is restored in a couple of hours.
The experiment conducted using the technique on mice, restored memories of almost 75% of them, with no damage to the adjacent brain tissue as it is a non-invasive technique.