Alzheimer’s has been baffling scientists ever since it was first diagnosed. But a new ultrasound device being developed may be the key to accessing the parts of the brain necessary to cure it.
Part of the reason scientists have had trouble working with Alzheimer’s in the past is that the brain puts up natural defense mechanisms against the drug they’ve been using, but biomedical engineer Elisa Konofagou from Columbia University believes that an ultrasound device could hold the key.
One way they treat the disease is to inject a medicine into your brain, but most of the time the brain rejects it.
'The blood-brain barrier is like a brick wall reinforced by wires, and [ultrasound] is a way of temporarily relaxing those wires,' Dr. Konofagou said.
This is such great news! We’re one step closer to having a cure for Alzheimer’s!
As you know, Patton's Oswalt's wife Michelle McNamarapassed away suddenly in April, and he still struggles to cope with the devastating loss.
Speaking with The Times, the stand-up comedian recounted the heartbreaking morning he found the true crime author had died in her sleep -- a day he says was the "the second worst day of his life," the first being when he had to tell the couple's seven-year-old daughter, Alice, that her mother had passed.
Oswalt recalled telling his wife -- who had been working long hours investigating "The Golden State Killer" -- to "sleep until you wake up." So, McNamara took some Xanax and went to bed.