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Alzheimer's treatment with light therapy: a study
- May 11, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Since 2016, a team of neuroscientists from the Massachusetts Technical Institute has been conducting quite careful observations on how effective the so-called light therapy is in treating Alzheimer's symptoms and other neurodegenerative diseases – this therapy is to act on a patient’s brain with a certain light spectrum at a certain frequency . As a result of their lengthy labors, the team of Massachusetts specialists have now established that the frequency range of 40 Hz is the most effective in this regard – which was proven during tests on experimental mice with which neurodegeneration was induced.
It is worth noting that a large and systematic accumulation of tau proteins and amyloids – quite toxic and dangerous compounds for the organization of neurodegeneration – just leads to some complications with this kind of therapy. However, it is worth noting that scientists solved this issue by conducting experiments on mice, which were divided into two groups – the first was induced by a large number of these substances, and the second only by certain combinations – and conducted their experiments with light therapy in the 40 Hz range.
As a result, experts found out that the first group, even after three weeks of such therapy, showed no signs of increasing brain tissue degeneration, while the second group showed only very limited symptoms. In addition, they also noticed that such a light range changes the functions of microglia inside the brain cells, essentially rewriting their working functions and algorithms so that they prevent the emergence of new tau proteins and amyloid plates during the observed neurodegeneration.
Thus, the team of American researchers was able to quickly deal with all aspects and nuances concerning the proper selection of light therapy – at least, the preliminary results clearly hint at an excellent selection of data and working approaches. Perhaps in the near future, the development will please its developers even more.