Researchers Take Steps In Healing Alzheimer’s

February 9, 2009

California (Chattahbox) – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have successfully reversed the damage done by Alzheimer’s in rats, lab mice, and monkeys, giving new hope to patients suffering from this condition.

By using brain-derived neurotrophic factor (or BDNF) in those areas of the brain that control memory, they were able to heal a portion of the damage, a huge step in curing Alzheimer’s.

“Our most compelling evidence was the observation that brain cell death was prevented, and that connections between neurons rose in density by about 25%,” Mark Tuszynski, who headed the research, said.

“We’re administering BDNF directly to the degenerating neurons in memory systems of the cortex, and preventing their death.”

The study has been published in Natural Medicine.


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