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Nova Scotia Seniors – New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted Jul 08, 2016

Always Home Homecare has seen what Alzheimer’s can do to Halifax seniors, their families and other surrounding loved ones. It is a cruel disease that can rob people of that which makes them who they are.

It’s very difficult to watch the progression of the disease as it slowly steals away memories from our seniors, their personalities and, eventually, connections to sons, daughters, grandchildren and the world around them.

A recent study published in June may provide some hope for the future for those living with Alzheimer’s. The study outlined that a common chemical used by aquarium hobbyists to keep their tanks clean is proving to do some fabulous things for our brains.

Methylene Blue, is the name of the chemical. It’s been around for over a hundred years and it was first used to treat Malaria in the 1890s. Since then it has been used as a treatment for variety of conditions for psoriasis, Hepatitis C, certain blood disorders along with some psychiatric condition.

Researchers say that Methylene Blue may offer a new way to treat memory disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Patients in the study who were on the medication and not in the placebo group reported boosts in short-term memory, clearer thinking, reaction time as well as reduced anxiety and depression. Some of the patients that were in the study asked to be able to stay on the drug, one of which suffers with Bi-Polar disease and who stated that it had changed his life.

“We’re very excited about it,” lead researcher Dr. Timothy Duong, a professor of ophthalmology and radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, told CTV News.

“If this is proven true, then we have potential to at least slow down progressions of memory disorders.”

There is also evidence that Methylene Blue has the ability to energize and protect brain cells, which also makes it an important part of helping stroke or brain injury victims. Some researchers believe the drug helps clear toxins from the brain cells helping them work with renewed vigour and produce more energy, though they don’t yet fully understand how.

Interested in learning more? Talk to your doctor before starting any new medications and be sure to only take under their recommendation and monitoring.