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Cell Phone Exposure Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice

If mice could use cell phones they would never get Alzheimer's disease, new findings from the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) reveal.  But don't laugh yet: more studies like this could result in non-intervention, non-drug treatments to reverse Alzheimer's disease and even prevent it from ever developing.

The startling findings were obtained by neuroscientists, electrical engineers, and neurologists from universities in Japan and China, as well as from the Florida ADRC at the University of South Florida.  Subjects were 96 mice, most genetically altered to develop beta-amyloid plaques (prevalent in Alzheimer's disease) as they aged.  Some mice were not genetically altered, and some of those that developed the beta-amyloid plaques were not affected by reduced cognitive abilities indicative of Alzheimer's disease, so the scientists were able to observe the results of their experiments on normal mice as well as cognitively-impaired mice.

The same electromagnetic field generated by a standard cell phone held up to a person's head was presented to the mice in this study.  The mice were all equally exposed to the field for two 1-hour periods per day for seven to nine months, after which the mice were given tests in memory and thinking skills.

 

Credit: Copyright University of South FloridaCredit: Copyright University of South Florida

 

The astounding results showed that memory impairment in the Alzheimer's mice was reversed.  Additionally, the younger mice exposed to the same electromagnetic fields were protected against cognitive impairments. 

Although past studies indicated that using cells phones for more than 10 years could result in greater risk of brain cancer, these studies have not been supported by consistent research.  

"It surprised us to find that cell phone exposure, begun in early adulthood, protects the memory of mice otherwise destined to develop Alzheimer's symptoms," said lead author Gary Arendash, PhD, USF Research Professor at the Florida ADRC. "It was even more astonishing that the electromagnetic waves generated by cell phones actually reversed memory impairment in old Alzheimer's mice."

"It surprised us to find that cell phone exposure, begun in early adulthood, protects the memory of mice otherwise destined to develop Alzheimer's symptoms," said lead author Gary Arendash, PhD, USF Research Professor at the Florida ADRC. "It was even more astonishing that the electromagnetic waves generated by cell phones actually reversed memory impairment in old Alzheimer's mice."

 

via Science Daily

 

Comments
Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Who funded this research,

Who funded this research, exactly? How was the study designed?

Jan 14, 2010
by Anonymous

Mice aren't people.

Abusing animals for research and testing is not an indication of how a drug or treatment will affect a human. I haven't seen many mice using cell phones, but the poor little mouse in the photo sure doesn't look like his Alzheimer's was cured . . . he kind of looks out of it. My mother died due to Alzheimer's and it's an awful way to go. They need to find out how to prevent it instead of exposing us to more pharmaceuticals and radiation.