Will Nanogel Produce New Neurons to Fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on

Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have a particularly significant impact because they are degenerative, meaning that they gradually reduce an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities. These diseases are currently incurable because scientists have yet to develop a method to consistently regenerate neurons, which gradually deteriorate in critical areas of the brain. Researchers work diligently to find an effective treatment to help seniors and their trusted dementia caregivers in Rockwall, TX. Thanks to nanoparticle technology, this goal may soon be achieved.

Working with animal models, researchers from the National University of Mexico found a new means to regenerate neurons. The scientists developed a nanogel that can be injected into the brain and produces external excitation that encourages the growth of neurons. This is a tremendously exciting discovery because the primary method for addressing the problem of neurogenesis (i.e., the fact that most brain cells do not naturally regenerate when damaged by injury or illness) is using stem cells. The problem with using stem cells is that they may be rejected by the brain’s immune system because the body naturally rejects foreign materials. The nanogel produced by the researchers is biocompatible, meaning that it is not rejected by the immune system and can reach the targeted areas without incident. In addition, the substance’s electrical activity stimulates neurogenesis without harming preexisting healthy neurons.

Dr. Victor Castano, from the Centre of Applied Physics and Advanced Technology at UNAM, explained how the research team used laser tweezers to stimulate the neurons, causing regeneration of surrounding neuronal tissue. He claims that the neurons began to grow within the gel once they applied the lasers. While development of the nanogel is still in the experimental stage, its biocompatibility and ability to spontaneously grow new neurons is exciting and may herald new treatments for numerous degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

In light of this research, seniors with degenerative diseases have other resources at their disposal to meet the challenges of their symptoms. Home Care Assistance of Rockwall provides flexible Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care to help seniors of varying stages of these diseases accomplish daily tasks in the comfort of home. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a dedicated Care Manager when you call (972) 722-7833 today to learn more about our comprehensive home care services.

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