There's good news for those who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease. A new treatment from Australia has come up with a non-invasive technique that can fully restore memory function.
The treatment uses an ultrasound to clear the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques, which are responsible for memory loss and the decline in cognitive function. The waves that are used in the ultrasound helps stimulate the brain's microglial cells, which are responsible for clearing out the toxic plaques which are responsible for deteriorating brain function.
When tested on mice, 75% of the subjects regained 100% of their brain function with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They were able to complete three memory-oriented tasks including a maze, object recognition, and remembering places they should avoid.
"We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics," one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. "The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach."
The hope is that this treatment can start being used on humans later in 2017, once trials on larger and more intelligent animals than mice are completed.
Would you try this treatment on a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer's?