Monday, May 2, 2011

Exciting New Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

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There is an electronic device that sticks to the neck of an Alzheimer's disease victim. It most likely works by increasing the body's production of nitric oxide. This is done with the use of infrared light transmission. This in turn relaxes the muscles in the neck. This allows the arteries diameter to increase. This will allow more blood to run through them delivering more blood to the brain. The patch is approximately the size of a band aid.

Early studies have shown that increased blood flow can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Laboratory tests done during a recent study show that infrared light goes through the skin to stimulate, mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase, an enzyme in blood vessels which stimulates the release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes arteries to widen thus enlarging the area that blood can flow through in order to get to the brain. The patch is placed on an area of the skin directly over the carotid arteries. This light emitting patch is left on the skin for a few hours at a time.

Alzheimer's disease affects over 5.3 million Americans. In the past, research for treatments has focused on getting rid of the build up of harmful proteins. These bad proteins are called amyloid plaques. They can clump together and stop nerve signals from moving throughout the brain. This can affect a person's mood, behavior and memory.

Recent studies have shown limited blood flow to the brain may also be an important factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease. It is theorized that a limited blood supply deprives the brain of important nutrients, and severely limits waste products from getting eliminated from the body. A number of research scientists feel that it is accumulation of waste products that leads to brain damage.

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