Alzheimer’s will start to be treated using ultrasound. This technology has been developed by scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia.
The meaning of the treatment is to “break” the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain of the patient. Experiments on mice showed that ultrasound is really effective for this, reports mir24.tv.
The authors of the project say that the new technique will allow to abandon the drugs that are of little help and in addition have side effects.
Ultrasound activates microglial cells that suppress pathogens and, in particular, can destroy the accumulation of dangerous proteins.
In older rodents, whose age corresponded to 80-90 human years, after treatment completely restored cognitive function.
In 2019 should begin clinical trials in humans. The program included ten volunteers with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists say that treatment should start as early as possible, because at a certain point occur irreversible changes.
Note that now Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, considered to be incurable. Therapy can mitigate or slow the development of symptoms, but not stop the destruction of the brain.
Meanwhile, the number of cases of dementia around the world is growing – this is due, first and foremost, the General aging population.
Scientists in several countries are working to find cures for this disease. Recently, it was proposed to treat the HIV medications.