The Game Changer for Alzheimer’s might be Around the Corner

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The feeling of slowly disintegrating mentally, knowing you are losing grip of your body and mind and feeling yourself fade into emptiness is a truly painful feeling to behold, and William H. Frey II recognizesit all too well. Being a St. Paul researcher, he has dedicated decades of his life towards finding a cure for Dementia. Tireless in his efforts, Frey continues through thick and thin towards his objective of finding a cure so one day he may help Dementia patients, his family and even his own self.

Alzheimer’s – A Battle Close and Personal

Frey sticks to a Mediterranean diet combined with exercise to keep himself in good form. Even though his research is at the verge of discovering ground shaking facts about Alzheimer’s, he is always cautious – he knows Alzheimer’s far too well and at a personal level. After losing close to a dozen close family members to similar brain diseases, you get a personal feel towards such matters.

When it all started back in 1977 as an Alzheimer’s Research at Regions Hospital, St. Paul (present), all was fine. But then, Frey’s grandparents were suddenly brought down by Dementia. His aunts and uncles were soon to follow, and the disease didn’t spare his father either. With such loss, it was only natural that the research spawned into something personal.

Frey has worked tirelessly for close to 40 years of his life towards Dementia. His prime objective is to discover a method to backtrack on the neurological damages that Dementia inflicts upon the memory.

With Frey as the Senior Research Director of HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, the research has been invaluable towards uncovering a deeper understanding of how Alzheimer’s works and how this devastating disease affects the human brain. By creating one of the biggest brain collectionsin the entire country dedicated towardsDementia research, the Director has dedicated his life for finding a cure that will halt the deadly progress of this disease.


The Game Changer

27 years later, following in the footsteps of his critical discovery, clinical trials are already commencing at St. Paul for an experimental procedure which doesn’t just target Alzheimer’s: The treatment could theoretically have applications towards just as deadly medical issues. It could be used to treat side effects like uncontrolled mood swings and sudden hunger to life threatening diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke damages and even Brain Trauma.

The classic approach towards Alzheimer’s research has been to analyze Amyloid Protein fragments which deposit on the brain, hindering normal brain functioning. With limited medical options among which all are accompanied by unwanted side effects (mostly serious in nature), a new, revolutionary method is warranted which carries both limited side effects and is effective in nature.

During the revolutionary procedure, a fine mist of drugs is introduced through the nasal cavity and applied directly onto the brain. This method is extremely efficient and effective in unhindered application of medicine to brain as the blood-brain barrier does not matter and the Central Nervous System directly receives the drug, promising immediate and direct effects.

As a testament to his resolve, this research is of the longest duration and largest of its kind with respect to the treatment type. As of now 90 patients are undergoing the experimental procedure over a course of 6 months. A bigger study with federal backing is already being formulated which will be even more contributive in the research for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Frey estimated that they would have the research concluded and the procedure finalized for usage within 4 years. However, his colleague Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, Principal Investigator of the research stated it could take more time than that; close to 10 years to get the researched methods and medicine out into pharmacies for commercial use. However, he shared the same views about the widespread prospects about the research, stating “This is something that’s revolutionizing not just how we treat Dementia but it could potentially revolutionize how we treat neurological disorders.”


Alzheimer’s Research: The Future

For now, the research being conducted by William H. Frey II seems to be promising in nature and a general insight of it reveals it could actually hold potential to fight Alzheimer’s. With the advent of a new medical procedure which not only limits side effects but also exhibits satisfactory results, it would be safe to say that the future of the fight against Alzheimer’s, for now, seems to be in safe hands.

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