Can electric impulses actually help revive the brains of dementia patients?
The NeuroAD system, advertised by its manufacturer Neuronix as a "safe and effective non-pharmaceutical treatment alternative for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease," just went through a promising clinical trial, reports Medical News Today.
MNT says tests of the system at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Boston "demonstrated that it not only prevented the deterioration of the disease in patients, it also managed to improve their cognitive performance by more than currently possible with approved medications."
NeuroAD stimulates "targeted areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning" via weak electrical currents, which Neuronix claims can "enhance LTP processes, which in turn promote learning..." The patient udergoes this while working on computer training exercises which relate to the targeted brain areas.
According to a recent Kalorama report, the neurostimulation tech market was $16.3 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow. If testing pans out on this treatment and treatments like it, neuro-stim might become a popular option in mitigating the effects of Alzheimer's.