Mind pacemakers present promise in Alzheimer’s trials, may open new remedy prospects
Deep-mind electrical stimulation has been round for some time — rousing people from comas and serving to researchers discover new methods to deal with OCD, melancholy and perhaps even weight problems. Now docs are testing the so-referred to as “mind pacemakers,” on Alzheimer’s sufferers and the outcomes are promising, however not conclusive. After a yr of remedy, six sufferers confirmed larger glucose consumption in PET scans of the training and reminiscence areas of the mind — a change that’s related to elevated neuron exercise. Glucose metabolism sometimes lower because of the illness. Researchers are in search of extra sufferers for the trial, and are optimistic that the method might at some point be used to stave off a few of Alzheimer’s debilitating signs.