Scientists ‘Clear’ Alzheimer’s Plaque From Mice Using Only Light And Sound

Clumps of harmful proteins that interfere with brain functions have been partially cleared in mice using nothing but light and sound.

Research led by MIT has found strobe lights and a low pitched buzz can be used to recreate brain waves lost in the disease, which in turn remove plaque and improve cognitive function in mice engineered to display Alzheimer’s-like behaviour.

It’s a little like using light and sound to trigger their own brain waves to help fight the disease.

This technique hasn’t been clinically trialled in humans as yet, so it’s too soon to get excited – brain waves are known to work differently in humans and mice.

But, if replicated, these early results hint at a possible cheap and drug-free way to treat the common form of dementia.

So how does it work?

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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

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“Brasil enfrenta epidemia de demência”, afirma pesquisadora

 

 

 

 

 

Um estudo realizado por pesquisadores da Faculdade de Medicina (FM) da USP indica que uma parcela significativa dos casos de demência diagnosticados no Brasil poderia ser evitada com o controle de doenças crônicas como hipertensão e obesidade. O que chamou a atenção dos pesquisadores foi que a proporção de demência do tipo vascular é maior no Brasil do que em outros países. O Jornal da USP no Ar conversou sobre esse assunto com a professora Cláudia Kimie Suemoto, da Disciplina de Geriatria e pesquisadora do Biobanco para Estudos em Envelhecimento da FMUSP. Ela também colabora com o Estudo Longitudinal da Saúde do Adulto (ELSA-Brasil).

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Beets May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Mercola

Beets have been shown to fight inflammation, lower blood pressure1,2 and aid detoxification. Studies also suggest they can help lower your risk for heart failure and stroke, and provide powerful benefits for your brain, largely due to their high nitrate content. Your body transforms nitrates into nitric oxide,3which enhances oxygenation and has beneficial impacts on your circulatory and immune systems.

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Omega-3 and Vitamin D Could Help Clear Alzheimer’s Amyloid Plaques

 

Researchers have determined how omega-3 and vitamin D3 can help boost the immune system’s capability to remove the brain of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.[1] The researchers discovered signaling networks and key genes regulated by the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and also vitamin D3 which can help manage inflammation and greatly boost plaque clearance.

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