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Research Efforts in in Finding a Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

What is Alzheimer’s disease? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015.) These symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time. Eventually, the severity of the disease can interfere with an individual’s daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss due to amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, which are found inside the neurons of the brain.

Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 50 million individuals worldwide! Finding a treatment is crucial. In a recent study, Australian researchers found a treatment that restores memory function in 75% of the mice in the trial. This non-invasive procedure consist of sound waves transmitted into the brain tissue. The sound waves stimulate the tissue, which results in the gentle opening of the blood-brain barrier. With this treatment, the mice showed traces of improvement in three memory tasks. The team of researchers have disclosed they’re planning on starting trials on other animal models. By 2017, they hope to undergo human trials.

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