New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

By” Bec Crew | Science Alert

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Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.


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Neurofibrillary tangles are found inside the neurons of the brain, and they’re caused by defective tau proteins that clump up into a thick, insoluble mass. This causes tiny filaments called microtubules to get all twisted, which disrupts the transportation of essential materials such as nutrients and organelles along them, just like when you twist up the vacuum cleaner tube.

As we don’t have any kind of vaccine or preventative measure for Alzheimer’s – a disease that affects 343,000 people in Australia, and 50 million worldwide – it’s been a race to figure out how best to treat it, starting with how to clear the build-up of defective beta-amyloid and tau proteins from a patient’s brain. Now a team from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland have come up with a pretty promising solution for removing the former.

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Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.


The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

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  1. 10205539238623202@facebook.com' Susan Popovich says:

    Let’s hope it really does and is released soon.

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    Diane Brown Gordon, didn’t read this but thought you might want to check it out.

  5. 10153652555729003@facebook.com' Patricia Mackay says:

    We can only hope and pray it really does work.

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  11. 10153011895525178@facebook.com' Eleanor Sparling says:

    I could use this. I don’t have alzhejmers but I have a terrible memory

  12. 1737914453103263@facebook.com' Ma Ma Lucio says:

    Good news! I really hope it does work.

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    It was just recently discovered that the lymphatic system includes the brain.

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  15. 1638217309764699@facebook.com' Ashley Martin says:

    This sounds very promising. 75% restoration in the brains of mice without damaging brain cells. I will volunteer for human trials.

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    Interesting news !

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    and i bet it’s proffitable for someone,,, right???!?!?

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    Thank God!!!!?❤

  22. 904121289665043@facebook.com' Helen Philippe says:

    Hope this is true. How wonderful that would be for millions of sufferers and their families.

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  30. 10207403073130270@facebook.com' Anita Slade says:

    I hope this works! I had grandma suffering from this disease for 7, 8 years, than she passed in her last stage. It was awful and hard. Don’t want that to anyone.

  31. 539087136242935@facebook.com' Marian Juskiw says:

    Lisa Elizabeth Wood.. I have heard of this treatment before…

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    I hope they get it. Watching mama suffer is painful.

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    Andreas this is good news

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    Cautious Optimism.

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    This is obviously fake. It’s really, really obvious. Sorry.

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