Alzheimerâ€™s treatment of ultrasound clearance of AB Plaques fully restores memory function in 75% of an Alzheimer's disease mouse model.
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So, this is not a terribly new finding (first paper outlining ultrasound clearance of AB plaques was in 2011 I believe), but it is a neat finding. Plaque formation obviously indicative of something wrong going on in these neurons, but it is unknown if it is the result of, or in response to, the actual problem.
Since clearing these plaques in these model mice restores memories, whatever their particular flavor of Alzheimer's is seems to place plaque existance as the problem. A different model, say, a ubiquilin or ESCRT mutant system, may not be receptive to this treatment.
That said, as always, neat!