The researchers at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently made an incredible announcement: their successful use of human brain cells and neurons to produce three-dimensional balls of brain cells – “mini-brains.” By doing this, these researchers have laid the groundwork for increased effectiveness in the study of neurological disorders, giving renewed hope to Alzheimer and dementia caregivers for more effective medical treatments and progress towards a cure. The impact for research is, in fact, poised to be astronomical.
Grown in a petri dish, about the size of a housefly’s eye and easily replicable on a large scale (hundreds of thousands of copies per batch), the intension of these tiny cell compilations is to more effectively study and test pharmaceuticals on neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, and potentially autism, eventually taking the place of current animal studies.
According to Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, leading the study, “95 percent of drugs that look promising when tested in animal models fail once they are tested in humans, and at great expense of time and money. While rodent models have been useful, we are not 150-pound rats. And even though we are not balls of cells either, you can often get much better information from these balls of cells than from rodents.”
One of Regency Home Care’s most important roles as a home health care agency in Georgia is keeping our clients and staff up to date on recent scientific advancements that can help our caregivers provide the best senior care services available. In fact, we have over 30 years of experience working with families to help keep their aging loved ones safe, healthy and independent. Until there is a cure, Regency Home Care’s Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers examine the individual needs of your family to create a plan that best suits your loved one’s needs and helps your loved one stay mentally and physically engaged while reducing challenging behaviors that can accompany the advanced stages of dementia for both your loved one and his or her caregivers. Find out more by calling (678) 999-2446.