Alzheimer’s Disease, a chronic neurodegenerative disease progressing from short term memory loss, to mood swings, to disorientation, to not managing self care. Although the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is difficult to specify, proteins (called Amyloid-Beta Proteins) are associated with Alzheimer’s disease pathology. These proteins accumulate into plaques and disrupts the structure and function of brain cells (neurons) ultimately resulting in neuronal cell death and brain degeneration.
A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, investigated a noninvasive, non-drug approach to removing amyloid plaques and restoring memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Through the repeated use of a scanning ultrasound, 75% of the Alzheimer’s Disease mouse model showed plaque clearing, and memory restored; clearly suggesting that repeated ultrasound treatment is worth exploring as a non-invasive therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.