Alzheimer disrupts the quality of life. Memory loss caused by this disease has led many lives to tragedy. Not only aging people are affected by Alzheimer, but as well as those who are in the younger age bracket. Alzheimer has long been a problem of the society, and until now, no cure without side effects is available in the market. Thankfully, experts have seen some light. A recent study
says there's a cure for Alzheimer with astounding potentials!
Researchers from MIT learned that flashing lights with a specific frequency may help the brain recover its normal function. Tests have been conducted on mice, and showed that flickering lights can alter the brain waves, causing reduced levels of amyloid-beta plaque in the brain.
Though, human trials haven't been conducted yet, the lab results were promising!
According to experts, flashing lights may stimulate the brain’s immune system made up of microglial cells. Once this happens, amyloid-beta plaques in the brain, which causes Alzheimer will diminish.
The proposed therapy seems to bring back the regular pattern of brain waves called, gamma oscillations. This wave arouses microglial cells to function again.
“In short, by resetting disruptive neural activity, we can activate immune genes in the brain which kickstart microglia to remove amyloid beta plaques and potentially halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Annabelle Singer, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a co-author of the paper, in an interview
The future is certainly brighter now for people with Alzheimer.