Can Disco Lights Be The Cure For Alzheimer’s? How Is That Possible?
A new study suggests that the mere act of flashing lights in the eyes of patients with Alzheimer's could potentially be used as a treatment for the said disease. Flickering lights has reportedly have the ability to gradually reduce the levels of plaques in the brain, known to be a key marker of the most common form of dementia, which has been the reason why researchers has dubbed the study as a promising new avenue for research.
Strobe Lights For Alzheimer's? What's The Connection?
According to reports released by Daily Mail, in the conditions of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the brain is found to have been disrupted, but the light treatment was found to encourage the brain cells to begin firing normally again. As the normal pattern was resumed, this boosted the natural immune response of the brain.
In conducting their study, researchers at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology had used mice which were exposed to the light for one hour a day for seven days; the effect was dramatic, reducing the amount of amyloid plaque by around 50 per cent. It was found that Amyloid plaque is actually one of the hallmarks of the currently incurable disease, which causes dementia.
On the other hand, The Sun has reported that these mice had however returned to normal within 24 hours, which has in turn, been the reason to cast doubt as to whether the effect is permanent. In one of his statements, lead study lead researcher Dr. Li Huei Tsai has revealed that there are so many things have been shown to work in mice, only to fail in humans. However, Dr. Tsai adds that if humans behave similarly to mice in response to this treatment, he believes that there is an enormous potential for the treatment to be a success.
Ultimately, researchers have highly emphasized that future work will have to investigate whether light therapy can have the same effect in other parts of the brain such as the hippocampus, which is known to be the brain area where memories are being formed and is apparently the most affected region by Alzheimer's.
Your Bones May Be Able To Predict If You Will Have Alzheimer's, Research Shows
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. About 5 percent of Alzheimer's cases are genetic, so its hard to predict who will be at risk of getting this devastating illness.
Dementia Rates In The U.S. Are Falling, Study Confirms
Dementia rates in people over age 65 fell from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012, a decline of 24 percent, according to a US study. The report is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that confirms previous regional studies in the US as well as recent research in Europe.
Probiotics In Yogurt Can Help People With Alzheimer'
A recent study found that a consumption of 200ml milk drink enriched with four probiotic bacteria for 12 weeks lead to "moderate but significant" improvements.
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