Alzheimer’s disease is a Progressive Neurological disorder that causes the brain to shrink and brain cells to die, bringing a decline in the ability to think and logically stipulate happenings. The disease is one of the most prime reasons behind dementia. A continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills affects a person’s ability to function independently.
Alzheimer’s disease may affect different types of neurons in many brain parts. This is the biggest challenge for Stem Cell Therapy while helping regenerate damaged cells in the brain.. Although recent research showcases that neural stem cells can form new neurons, but transplanting them into the brain of an of Alzheimer’s patient to make new healthy neurons is not as straightforward as it seems. Putting new cells into the brain with Alzheimer’s won’t fix any neurons that are already on the verge of collapse or would not help the cause because of which neurons are dying.
They might be of temporary help before more neurons are lost. Even so, treatments using natural stem cells could temporarily help before more neurons are damaged. But this delay itself, in the progress of the damage to brain, could prove to be a golden period for a patient. The challenges for the stem cells transplanted as they would have to achieve several complex tasks before any therapeutic benefits might be seen. They would have to.
- Travel to multiple areas of the brain where damage has occurred.
- Produce the many different types of Neurons that have been damaged by the onset of the disease.
- Do this in a way that enables the new neurons to integrate effectively into the brain, making connections to replace the lost parts of a complex network.
Despite these challenges, scientists have been enamored in researching a viable way through which stem cell therapy can help all these challenges. Another way to assist in the development of the brain suffering from alzheimer’s disease would be to provide it with neurotrophins would help in supporting the growth and survival of neurons.
Early diagnosis of the condition could help detect the onset of the disease and help in seeking medical supervision from the get-go. As soon as any of the symptoms are visible, the patient should seek doctor’s appointments and supervision. Some of the most prominent early signs of alzheimer’s disease are
- Forget about recent conversations or publications
- Misplace items
- Forget about the names of places and objects
- Ask questions repetitively
- Show poor judgment or find it harder to make decisions
In case these symptoms have persisted for a time period longer than normal, medical supervision should be administered as soon as possible. At this point, the doctor would prescribe a few tests to help gain recognition of the issue at hand. A few possible tests the doctor prescribes could be computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography. These would be able to rule out the presence of Alzheimer’s in the brain or rule out other possible causes.