Researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques, which are the structures that are responsible for memory loss and decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back, according to the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine earlier this week.
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Alzheimer’s, Parkison’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an infection.
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The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million dollars to resolve a lawsuit brought by over 4,500 ex-players and their families, accusing the league of concealing the dangers of repeated head trauma. The money will go to players or families of players who sustained cognitive injury as well as to funding scientific research. The league has denied any wrongdoing and insists that safety has always been a top priority, but research has indicated a link between repeated head trauma and development of brain disorders, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Read more at NYTimes coverage: NFL Settles Lawsuit