Scientists switch on to new Alzheimer’s cure

Preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s could be as simple as switching on a light.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study reveals that preventing or slowing down the onset of Alzheimer’s could be as simple as switching on a light.

It just needs to be the right type of light.

The MIT research flies in the face of the accepted theory that flickering light is harmful for people with neurological conditions.

This new theory comes after the team flashed strobe light near test rodents that had brain damage similar to that of Alzheimer’s patients. The results show that artificial flickering light could play a role in preventing cognitive decline and other neurological conditions.

When lights were flashed 40 times per second for one hour, the brain’s protective cells assimilated toxic proteins that can cause Alzheimer’s. The flickering was barely noticeable but had dramatic effects, even more so when the light therapy was conducted each day for seven days.

Just one hour of exposure was enough to reduce beta-amyloids in the brain for up to 24 hours. Beta-amyloids cause the brain plaque that leads to dementia.

If lights such as these were used as everyday lighting in households, the results could be miraculous. Using light therapy to reduce brain plaque seems to work better than medication, it has no side effects and isn’t painful or invasive, the research showed.

Read more at Lux Review

Would you pay a little extra for special lights that could reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s?



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    11th Sep 2017
    I would if I could remember where the switch is.
    11th Sep 2017
    Where does my electrician get the components? Prevention being better than a cure - let's get this going!!!
    11th Sep 2017
    And have they tested this on mice with epilepsy and/or migraine? Rather important since strobe lighting can induce both epileptic fits and migraines.
    1st Oct 2017
    So can ordinary lights that are flickering induce seizures for some people, to the extent that they can stop breathing for long enough to have to be rescusitated. I can assure you it is not a pleasant experience.
    Are they going to risk more brain damage in some to reduce the risk of Alzheimers? Epilepsy in many cases damages your memory quicker than Alzheimers does. The medication to keep Epilepsy Sufferers alive retards memory in a lot of people, including children.
    11th Sep 2017
    Leon Della Bosca grossly overstates the findings of this study. For a more accurate account, see Hanna Devlin’s article in The Guardian, 8 December 2016: ‘Strobe lighting provides a flicker of hope in the fight against Alzheimer’s’.
    - or access the original published report in Nature, 540, 230–235, 8 December 2016.

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