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New Helmet May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease By Using Infrared Rays

Researchers now believe that they have found a promising new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and it comes in the form of a helmet that shoots infrared rays into your head. It sound a little crude, but these researchers say that this treatment has worked on mice to help restore memory and stimulate brain cell growth, and they will now begin testing on humans.

If you ask me, this new Alzheimer's helmet looks a little bit like something out of science fiction movie, but if it works than who cares what it looks like. There's still a lot of testing to be done, says the inventor of this device Dr. Gordon Dougal from Durham University, before the Alzheimer's helmet is actually used to treat the disease - but early testing is very promising.
Alzheimer's Helmet may help memory loss and brain cell growth in patients who suffer from the disease.Alzheimer's Helmet may help memory loss and brain cell growth in patients who suffer from the disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a very widespread disease affecting people from around the world. In the United States alone, there are 5 million people living with Alzheimer's disease, and health care costs associated with Alzheimer's and dementia total about $148 billion per year (alz.org). So no matter how crazy this new Alzheimer's helmet idea may sound, it's worth it to give it a try.

The researchers at Durham University and the University of Sunderland found that infrared light actually works to reverse memory loss in mice. Dr. Dougal says that wearing the helmet for 10 minutes a day for 4 weeks is enough to have a noticeable effect on Alzheimer's patients. He says, "currently all you can do with dementia is to slow down the rate of decay - this new process will not only stop that rate of decay but partially reverse it."

Hopefully further testing of this Alzheimer's helmet will prove to be a success. It could be a great tool to help millions of people around the world who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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Comments
Feb 1, 2008
by david bolt (not verified)

need more info

i was wondering if you can send me more info on this helmet. my wife age 54 has alzheimers since she was 48. if you're looking for human research. we live in northwest indiana. again i am very interested on getting more info. thank you!

Feb 3, 2008
by bob forsyth (not verified)

Alzheimers helmet

My wife is 67 and has had Alzheimers for about ten years. I would like to contact Dr. Gordon Dougal to see if this helmet could be tried on an American
victim of this horrible disease. I would gladly travel to England, if there is a chance that my wife could be helped..
Bob Forsyth

Mar 26, 2008
by Anonymous

Alzheimer Helmet

I know the helmet is designed for alzheimer patience but this helmet is exactly what I have been thinking of for my Father who suffers Dementia very badly from a traumatic brain injury 3 years ago. I too would be willing to go to England with my father if this would ever be an option. I believe any type of brain cell stimulation would have to help.

Jan 15, 2009
by Anonymous

PLEASE HELP!!

IF THERE IS ANY WAY YOU WOULD TRY THIS ON MY GRANDFATHER THAT WOULD BE SOOOOOOO FANTASTIC..HE HAS NOTHING TO LOOSE..HE HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMERS FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS NOW AND JUST SEEMS TO BE STUCK IN THE STATE HE IS IN. HE NO LONGER WALKS. BARELY TALKS AND CERTIAN THINGS HE DOES REMEBER AT TIMES..HE HAS BEEN THAT WAY FOR A YEAR OR SO..HE WOULD BE A GOOD CANIDATE TO TRY IT ON..WOULD BE SOOOOOOO WILLING...PLEASE GET BACK TO ME!!!