Last October, 57-year-old Kathy Sanford underwent groundbreaking surgery to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain to help with the effects of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
To see how well it’s working, Sanford is given tests in which she’s asked to highlight certain shapes. Her father Joe Jester says the first time she took the test she was barely able to identify any.
Jester says, ” Then they turned the machine on, and she got 30. So, it was a dramatic improvement right there. We knew right then we were on to something.”
Source: Brain Pacemaker for Alzheimer’s Disease | wusa9.com
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Korea’s leading university and the RNL Bio Stem Cell Technology Institute announced this week the results of a study that suggests an astounding possibility: adult stem cells may not only have a positive effect on those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, they can prevent the disease. Using fat-derived adult stem cells from humans [scientific term: adMSCs, or human, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells], researchers were able to cause Alzheimer’s disease brains in animal models to regenerate. The researchers, for the first time in history, used stem cells to identify the mechanism that is key to treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and demonstrated how to achieve efficacy as well as prevention of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s with adult stem cells, a “holy grail” of biomedical scientists for decades.
Family members of J.D. “Jasper” Cain suspected he had Alzheimer’s disease as they watched the once fun-loving father and husband struggle with memory and movement. Three doctors thought he had Parkinson’s disease and kept raising his medication dose when he didn’t improve.
A simple, eye-tracking test could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier and with more success than current methods, reports The Telegraph. Researchers from UK’s Lancaster University, studying the diseases, have developed the tracking test, in partnership with Royal Preston Hospital.