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Could Scanning Ultrasound Technology Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

A study conducted by the researchers at the Australian University of Queensland yielded interesting results that lead scientists to consider a new method for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Mice with characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease experienced significant cognitive improvement after researchers treated them with a new method using scanning ultrasound technology. Caregivers in Colorado Springs will explain the study and what it means for the future of Alzheimer’s research.

How Did the Mice Have Alzheimer’s?

Human brains develop clumps of amyloid protein along the neurons when a person has Alzheimer’s. To simulate this effect, the researchers involved in this study genetically engineered mice to produce these amyloid plaques in their brains. The mice with amyloid plaques were put in a maze after this process and were unable to find their way out or remember to avoid electric shocks. Before they had amyloid plaques, the mice were able to navigate the maze more accurately.

What Was Used to Treat the Mice?

The researchers theorized that high-energy sound waves, such as the ones found in common ultrasound equipment, could break up the protein clumps. The mice were injected with micro bubbles, which could facilitate the removal of substances from the brain, before being placed under an ultrasound scanner for five courses of treatment.

Did the Treatment Work?

The mice who received a placebo treatment showed no improvement when put through the maze, but those who were exposed to the scanning ultrasound improved significantly in terms of memory function. The amyloid plaques in the treated mice were reduced by half, but no brain tissue was damaged in the process. The treated mice were also able to complete the maze as easily as ordinary mice. The study concluded that the memory function of 75 percent of the mice was fully restored.

Will This Treatment Work For Humans?

As there are many differences between mice and humans, it’s difficult to determine whether or not this treatment will work for humans. That said the findings are significant enough to warrant further study on animals that are more closely related humans such as primates. With any luck, the findings will be promising for seniors who receive Alzheimer’s or Colorado Springs dementia home care.

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