Perhaps you are wondering what you can do to get Alzheimer’s cure. Unfortunately, there is no Alzheimer’s cure with our current medical science. Once a person is diagnosed starts showing symptom of Alzheimer’s disease like having problems with communication, learning, or memory loss, then there is nothing that you can do to stop or reverse the process.
But there still remains some hope for them.
The researchers are able to develop some drugs and treatments to relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease. They can help the brain work better for longer and slow down the disease gets worse.
Before we start, you may need to know how the brain works.
For easier to understand, you can imagine the brain as a long railway network that consists of many stations and terminals. In this case, a neuron serves as a train station that transmit information. This information then received by synapse (terminal) to then be forwarded to the next train station (neuron).
Alzheimer’s disease destroys these neurons and synapses, causing the communication network in the brain disrupted. Taking medication will help slow down the process of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain.
There are several medications approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, include:
|No.||FDA Approved||Brand name||Drug name||Approved For|
|3||2001||Razadyne||galantamine||Mild to moderate|
|4||2014||Namzaric||memantine and donepezil||Moderate to severe|
|5||2003||Namenda||memantine||Moderate to severe|
Addition to relying on medication, some people also consume supplements to help maintain the performance of their memory. These supplements include omega-3 fatty acids, ginkgo biloba, coral calcium, and coenzyme Q10.
A team from the University of Queensland is developing a treatment for Alzheimer’s patients using sound waves called as a focused therapeutic ultrasound. These sound waves are able to stimulate the brain’s microglial cells and gently open up the blood-brain barrier.
The team claimed able to restore 75 % of the memory function with zero damage to the brain tissue.
But this is only based on the experiments conducted on mice, so you have to wait patiently until this treatment is ready to be tested on humans.
Source: New Alzheimer’s treatment