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

Light and sound combined magnified the brain effects and extended them to the prefrontal cortex, a key area for planning and executing tasks.

“it’s stunning that the intervention had beneficial effects on so many different aspects of Alzheimer-like pathology,” said Dr. Mucke, who is also a professor of neurology and neuroscience at University of California San Francisco. “On the other hand, it shouldn’t be surprising that the brain is influenced by outside stimuli because what it was designed for was to adapt to a changing environment.”

The results also dovetail with findings by Dr. Mucke and his colleagues, who have genetically altered brain cells called interneurons, which he likened to conductors of the brain’s orchestra….

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