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Seeing the light

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More good news for Alzheimer’s patients. A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, used ‘light therapy’ to induce a certain type of brainwave called gamma oscillations in the brains of mice that exhibited Alzheimer’s disease. While previous research has shown that Alzheimer’s patients have impaired gamma oscillations, which is linked to impaired cognitive functioning, researchers were able to induce these brainwaves in the mice with positive results. Shining a flickering light into the eyes of the mice, they discovered that the gamma oscillations thus produced retarded the formation of beta amyloid plaques. The research was published in journal Nature.

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