Ultrasound against Alzheimer's shows promise in lab animals

March 12, 2015 1:36 PM

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Ultrasound against Alzheimer's shows promise in lab animals

An experimental, non-invasive technique using targeted ultrasound has shown promise in lab animals toward eliminating the brain plaques that cause Alzheimer's disease, an incurable form of dementia, researchers said Wednesday.

Tests on mice showed the approach — using sound waves to penetrate tissue much the same way as ultrasounds are used to detect fetal shape and movement in pregnant women — eliminated almost all amyloid plaque in 75% of the animals studied, without damaging brain tissue, according to the study in the ...

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