Science: Magnetic stimulation of the brain helps to alleviate Alzheimer's symptoms

Physicians Note Improvements in Depression and Alzheimer's Through TMS
experts have long been studying the effects of magnetic stimulation on patients with depression and schizophrenia. Such treatment with magnets to manipulate brain activity may also appear to improve the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found that some patients already reported improvement in their memory.

So far, it was already known that a so-called magnetic therapy can help with depression and schizophrenia. Researchers at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center have now discovered that transcranial magnetic stimulation( TMS) appears to be able to alleviate early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. The doctors published a press release on the results of their investigations.

Alzheimer's affects mostly the elderly and leads to a cognitive decline. Those affected gradually lose their memories. A new kind of treatment could counteract that.(Photo: aytuncoylum / fotolia.com)

researchers are currently investigating the effects of TSM on patients with Alzheimer's
Regular discussions with volunteers encouraged the experts to review the impact of TMS in early-stage Alzheimer's disease patientsAuthor Professor Kate Hoy of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center. For this purpose, a current study is currently being conducted.

researchers test theta burst stimulation in Alzheimer's
The physicians used a new type of TMS called theta-burst stimulation. This technique allows shorter, higher-frequency stimulations to be delivered to four areas of the brain, the experts explain. These areas are linked to Alzheimer's disease. The process takes just three minutes, add the authors. By comparison, standard treatment usually takes forty minutes.

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Applied Type of Treatment Affects Buildup of Plaque Proteins from
Treatment aims at building up plaque proteins around brain cellsand how their neurons communicate with each other, the doctors say. The communication of brain cells with each other determines how we think and how well information processing works in our brain, explains Professor Hoy.

Strengthening Brain Regions to Facilitate Improved Communication
"We are trying to bring regions that communicate with each other to better communication by strengthening their connection," explain the researchers. For a corresponding study, currently 100 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease are being sought.

Initial Achievements Already Found
patients have already reported that they have noticed a marked difference in thinking and memory. In addition, the results improved in the cognitive tests performed, the researchers add.(as)

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