Thursday, February 9, 2012

Electricity Therapy May Help Alzheimer Patients

People learned better when a key part of their brains got mild zaps of electricity, a finding that may someday help Alzheimer's patients keep more of their memories.
In a small but tantalizing study, participants played a video game in which they learned the locations of stores in a virtual city. They recalled the locations better if they learned them while receiving a painless boost from tiny electrodes buried deep inside their brains.

Using implanted electrodes to treat brain disease is hardly new. Such "deep-brain stimulation" has been used for about a decade for Parkinson's disease and some other disorders. Researchers are also testing it for depression.
It may be added that nearly 80,000 or more people worldwide have had stimulation units implanted, mostly for Parkinson's.
Read more: Huffington Post


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