New infrared light therapy may help people with Alzheimer's, study says

New research conducted by Durham University (UK) and published last Monday (18) suggests that infrared light-based therapy may have the potential to help people with Alzheimer’s. The analysis works with light applied to the brain with a specially designed helmet worn by the patient.

The research involved 14 people aged 45 and over, who received six minutes of infrared light twice a day over a four-week period. At the same time, the study had the participation of 13 people who had a placebo treatment.

The scientists performed a series of tests of memory, verbal and motor skills on participants in both groups, before and after the treatment period, to see what improvements they could achieve. In people who received infrared light, researchers found a significant improvement in motor function, memory performance, and brain processing speed. In addition, participants reported no adverse effects caused by the treatment.

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“Although this is a pilot study and more research is needed, there are promising indications that infrared light therapy may also be beneficial to people living with Alzheimer’s and it is worth exploring this. We know that infrared light of specific wavelengths can help alleviate damage to nerve cells.” published na revista Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.

Source: Durham University

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