Effective Alzheimer's Treatment Hampered by the Blood/Brain Barrier

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

As we know, scientists are hard at work to understand the underlying pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Doing so will clarify treatment strategies and inform development of new drugs to delay or cure its progression. However, the disease is complex and, as of today, poorly understood.

While the progress of the past decade is encouraging and we can now identify Alzheimer's earlier, diagnose it with more certainty, and slow its progression meaningfully in many patients (especially those diagnosed in an early stage), we still face some challenges. For example, delivering new treatments to the brain is a major obstacle.

The Boston Globe recently summarized this topic with great insights from many researchers in this field. The article provides an interesting overview and describes some of the approaches in development for getting treatments across the blood/brain barrier.

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