Alzheimer's Stem Cell ResearchAlzheimer is an incurable degenerative disease. It is also known as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT). People who are 65 years of age and over are commonly diagnosed. Early symptoms of AD are often mistaken for the sign of aging. For instance, patient may have difficulty remembering recent facts. As the disease progresses, patients will experience more aggression, mood swings, confusion, language breakdown, and long term memory loss. Eventually, the body functions will gradually shut down and lead to death.
The causes of the disease and how it advances is not well understood yet. Some doctors believe that AD may cause from reducing synthesis of neurotransmitter. Our current available drug therapies are based on this theory.
Scientists are still looking for a cure of Alzheimer’s disease. Not until recently, they find that stem cell biotechnology may offer hope. Since stem cell research can help us better understand normal cell development, scientists are hoping to be able to correct errors and replace abnormal cells. For instance, stem cells injected into a damaged heart can repair and build new healthy heart muscle. Perhaps, the most promising application for stem cell treatment may be for spinal cord injuries, because the cell structure is not so complex. The advancement in stem cell technology may unravel unknown factors in treating Alzheimer’s in the future.
However, some critics also argue that Alzheimer's may be the least to benefits from this therapy, because the structure of the brain cell is very complex.
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