Ultrasound scans are very useful for peering inside the body; using high-frequency sound waves, doctors can create images of various organs to detect problems, or monitor developing babies in the womb. But it turns out that ultrasound scans may have another, rather unexpected use in medicine: They may help treat Alzheimer’s disease.
In a new study, scientists found that scanning the brains of mice with a model of this disease not only helped clear the abnormal protein buildups that are associated with Alzheimer’s, but it also improved their memory. Although mice are very different from us, if it turns out to be safe and effective in humans, it could be an invaluable tool not only for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, but other brain diseases as well. The study has been published in Science Translational Medicine...
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