How magnets could halt Alzheimer’s

Magnets that boost the brain could be used to ease the pain of Alzheimer’s, researchers believe.
Small-scale studies have shown that using a magnetic coil to stimulate the parts of the brain involved in memory and learning can improve symptoms. It is hoped that used early in the course of the disease, it would give patients precious extra months of independent living, as well as time with their loved ones before their physical and mental health deteriorates.
The technology had already been tried on Alzheimer’s patients, with promising results, and is now being tested in Manchester. Six patients in the early stages of the disease will be have a magnetic coil held over their scalp while they answer questions, identify shapes and solve puzzles. It is hoped that as the magnetic field passes into key brain areas it will strengthen vital connections between cells.
In tests on mice, the technique, known as trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, also boosted the growth of cells in the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub and one of the first areas to be destroyed by Alzheimer’s.
Brain scans at Manchester University will aim to find out more about how it works. In a small-scale trial in Israel, it proved to be both safe and effective, with significant improvements in some, but not all, tests of memory.

Source  - Daily Mail

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