Magnets that boost the brain could be used to ease the pain of Alzheimer’s, researchers believe.
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
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.
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
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