A tiny nanoparticle has been developed that could deliver an Alzheimer’s drug but without any of the side-effects that are commonly associated with it.
The ultra-precise delivery method uses a tiny gold ball which is just the right size to target the over-active brain receptors which can then lead to neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s.
The researchers hail from Stanford University and the University of California and have shown that by changing the delivery method of the drug memantine they can greatly increase its viability as an early-use drug.
Typically memantine is used as a late-stage medication because of the risks inherent with prescribing it.
The drug’s method of attack is to target all brain receptors, rather than the ones that are likely to cause disease.
By placing the drug inside a custom-built nanoparticle the researchers were able to make a product which was too big to attack the healthy receptors but small enough to target the problematic ones.
It’s very early days for the study and while the test results were positive, there’s still a lot more work to be done.
10 Symptoms for Alzheimer’s Disease
- 1Finding it difficult to complete home tasksAlexandra Grablewski via Getty Images
- 2Finding it hard to read and understand visual images.Rob Lewine via Getty Images
- 3Misplacing thingsladi59 via Getty Images
- 4Confusion with time or places.mediaphotos via Getty Images
- 5Solving problems.Martin Barraud via Getty Images
- 6Withdrawel from social activities.Ryan McVay via Getty Images
- 7Mood changesThe Welfare & Medical Care via Getty Images
- 8Decreased or poor judgment.Martin Moos via Getty Images