Brain Discovery Promises New Dementia Treatments

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:00 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

 
A new technique that allows the release of life-saving medicines into the brain has been developed by researchers in Florida.

It paves the way to help patients fight HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s,  Parkinson’s, and epilepsy.

“We pretty much opened a pathway to the brain.’’ Sakhrat Khizroev, a researcher at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, told the Miami Herald.

ALERT:
5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease

A natural filter in the body stops many vital drugs from entering the brain through the blood stream. But the new technique, developed by Khizroev and school chairman Madhavan Nair, distributes it using magnetic energy.

In a laboratory test, they successfully attached the anti-HIV drug AZTTP to tiny, magneto-electric nanoparticles. Using magnetic energy, they moved the AZTTP across a cell membrane to mimic the natural barrier in the body.
The Herald reports that, at present, more than 99 percent of the antiretroviral therapies used to treat HIV head to the liver, lungs and other organs before reaching the brain. The new method will allow a much higher level to enter the brain.

Dr. Cheryl Holder, an HIV specialist who teaches at FIU, told the newspaper HIV causes constant inflammation and can pool in areas of the brain where medicine cannot reach and cause damage.

“It’s important to get the drug to the brain to help prevent dementia in older patients, and inflammation,’’ she said.

FIU researchers have applied for a patent for the technique.

The findings were published in the April edition of the medical journal, Nature Communications.

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Diagnose Your Kid's Ear Infection With Your iPhone

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:15 PM

Diagnosing your kid's ear infections might soon be as simple as taking a video on your smartphone. . . .

Revlon Removing Some Dangerous Chemicals From Cosmetics

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:11 PM

Revlon announced that it will no longer use two chemical ingredients in its products, responding to a consumer petition  . . .

New Ovarian Cancer Drug Gets FDA OK

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:48 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to ide . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved