Electrical brain stimulation to improve memory in alzheimer's patients

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 22nd Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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New technology is pointed toward electrical brain stimulation for patient's with Alzheimer's.

Introduction

Montrealers remember the old Frankenstein movies where electric currents went through the body of the monster to bring him back to life. Montrealers pay for cable service to get these old movies.

Now think of modern science and electrical currents going through the brains of humans to give a little boost to our memory centers. Most Montrealers would have a problem with that.

Electrical stimulation of the brain

Yes, this might be just the zap Alzheimer’s patients need to jog their failing memories. In a small study, the experimenters took a group of subjects and had them divided into two groups, one group received painless electrical stimulation while the other group did not. The task that was set for them was to play a video game where they had to remember the locations of stores in the game. They found that the group that got zapped remembered these locations much better than the group who were working on their own.

Dr. Itzhak Fried, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles says that this science may be the key to help people with early stages of Alzheimer’s. Montrealers are looking forward to cures for Alzheimer’s; so many Montrealers are afflicted with the disorder.

The technology has been used in Montreal and other places for over ten years now in Parkinson’s disease, and now research within the last ten years points to using the same science in depression. Now we may look at placing tiny electrodes in the brain for Alzheimer’s patients.

Restoring mental health

Toronto and other researchers in Montreal and all over Canada are starting to take great interest in this new concept for Alzheimer’s treatment. The research will still take years of additional testing as surgeons are cautious about performing surgery on the brain. You never know what mental health issues could occur if the surgery goes wrong.

In the meantime Montreal psychologists, psychiatrists, and surgeon are looking on with interest in the continuing research on diseases and restoring mental health.


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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Great improvement for this brain disordered. But, I wonder if it causes pain?

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

I really pray that God gives man the ability to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease Carol ,as it has a dreadful hold over so many lives
God bless you today
Stella ><

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author avatar onenow
24th Oct 2015 (#)

So, if I read this correctly this has not been tried yet with Alzheimer's patients. I hope it does help although with the little I have researched on Alzheimer's I am not terribly optimistic. It seems like it might be helpful when Alzheimer's is suspects as being likely, but I wonder about it helping once it is really in place and full blown.

Thanks for the information.

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author avatar onenow
24th Oct 2015 (#)

suspected not suspects Wish we could edit our comments.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Oct 2015 (#)

so far research has not come up with a cure for Alzheimer's

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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