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Alzheimer's breakthrough using ultrasound (on mice)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Marky90, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    http://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2015/03/14-2.htm#.VmcE6rjhBD_

    "Researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), part of Australia's University of Queensland, have shown that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer's disease and restore memory in mice. This innovative, drug-free method breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline."

    Apparantly by activating microglia..

    Very exiting!
     
  2. trails

    trails Senior Member

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    That really does sound fascinating! :)
     
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  3. Mary

    Mary Moderator

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    @Marky90 - that is exciting, though I wonder what other effects, perhaps unintended, ultrasound might have on the brain? But, what a great area of research!

    I learned in the past couple of years about the connection between sugar and Alzheimer's - our high sugar diets are fueling the increase in Alzheimer's, it's been called diabetes of the brain ...
     
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  4. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    Indeed! I don`t know, ultrasound is generally very safe. I don`t know how it is with this particuar technique.. Can`t imagine the side effects are worse than suffering from alzheimers though..

    Thoughts go to Terry Pratchett, he would be extremely excited about this (and of course all alz-patients)
     
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  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Yes, Terry Pratchett - what a loss. And what a great leader in trying to get more dementia research done.
     
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    BurnA Senior Member

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    This is interesting because a lot of drugs which broke the amyloid plaque in Alzheimer's patients did not improve symptoms and failed clinical trials.

    Read more here
     
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