Restoring your memory, or treating a person with Alzheimer’s disease? It sounds unbelievable, but it might just be possible in the near future. According to the research of neurosurgeon Dr. Lozano and his team from the University of Toronto, deep brain stimulation using electrodes might be the next step to cure Alzheimer’s disease.Alzheimer´s affects the connections between nerve cells which eventually causes a loss of cells and brain tissue and a shortage of the chemicals that help transmit signals around the brain. Symptoms start mildly and get worse over time, damaging the brain, causing memory loss and problems thinking, reasoning, communication and perceiving. The brain consists of various circuits that regulate functions such as our movement, memory or cognition, and feelings like happiness, sadness, love and hate. Alzheimer’s causes a disturbance in the circuit that controls our memory and cognitive functions and stops the brain from using glucose, where it typically uses 20% Read more
October is World Breast Cancer Awareness month and Best Doctors has decided to dedicate all of this month’s posts to cancer topics ranging from new studies to expert insight.
In our first post, we look at innovation. From faster and more accurate testing to new approaches to drug treatments, researchers are gaining ground in the battle against cancer. We show you 5 of these promising advances.From new skin cancer treatment to ground-breaking studies for breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, Best Doctors keeps you up to date on the latest cancer breakthroughs and research findings. Read more
When technology and medicine meet, the results can bring countless benefits for millions of people around the world, from patients to doctors, from companies to insurers. Today’s post features two devices, which will soon be making their market debut.A closer look at our health Those smart new glasses your colleague is wearing might actually be smarter than you think. VSP Global, a US based non-profit eye care company has come up with a new health wearable that is visionary in every sense of the word. With frames crafted by designer eyewear maker Dragon Alliance, the new health-tracking glasses contain sensors with similar functions to a wrist-worn fitness tracker, such as monitoring steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled. The glasses can be synced via Bluetooth to an app for real time activity tracking. Although the glasses will first be tested on Read more