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A Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment with Clicks and Flashes? It Worked on Mice

Publication: NYTimes
Author: Pam Belluck

For Alzheimer’s patients, a new study led by a prominent M.I.T. neuroscientist offers tantalizing promise. It found that when mice engineered to exhibit Alzheimer’s-like qualities were exposed to 40Hz lights and clicking sounds, important brain functions improved and toxic levels of Alzheimer’s-related proteins diminished. What’s more, the rapid-fire soundtrack appeared to make mice better at cognitive and memory skills, like navigating mazes and recognizing objects. This study has given some experts reason for optimism.

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