Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that robs individuals of their precious memories. However, some very exciting Alzheimer’s research has recently come out of Stanford University that may point to a way to help prevent the onset of the disease. Research on mice has revealed that the reason nerve cells die off in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s may be due to another class of brain cells – microglia – not pulling their weight.
The study, published in December in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, highlighted the importance of microglia, which constitute 10 to 15 percent of all cells in the brain. Researchers found that microglia cells eat up toxic materials and cell debris, reduce inflammation and make nerve-cell-nurturing substances. According to the study, keeping these cells active may help prevent the neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease.
Find out more in the Stanford University article about how blocking a receptor in the brain’s immune cells counters Alzheimer’s in mice.
While promising news has been coming out of Alzheimer’s research in recent years, many individuals and families still live with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a daily basis. North Home Healthcare’s caregivers provide the dedicated care and attention that Alzheimer’s patients need. Contact us to learn more about our in-home healthcare services in Houston and the surrounding area.