New research suggests that focused ultrasound may hold answers to one of today’s more devastating diseases – Alzheimer’s
In a preclinical study, researchers at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto were able to reverse some Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in mice. The study, funded by the National Institute of Health, used focused ultrasound to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier. Once open, microbubbles can more effectively pass through to the diseased tissue in the brain. The treatment led to improvements in cognition and spatial learning, and did not cause tissue damage or negative behavioral changes.
Though early-stage, this research could open the doors to more studies and greater possibilities for this innovative technology.