Physicians notice improvements in depression and Alzheimer's through TMS
Experts have been studying the effects of magnetic stimulation on patients with depression and schizophrenia for a long time. Such treatment with magnets to manipulate brain activity could apparently also lead to an improvement in the treatment of Alzheimer's. Researchers found that some patients have reported improvement in their memory.
It was previously known that so-called magnet therapy can help with depression and schizophrenia. The researchers at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center found in an investigation that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can apparently also alleviate early symptoms of Alzheimer's. The doctors released a press release on the results of their investigations.
Researchers are currently investigating the effects of TSM on patients with Alzheimer's
Regular discussions with volunteers encouraged the experts to review the effects of TMS in patients with early Alzheimer's disease, explains author Professor Kate Hoy of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center. A current study is currently being carried out for this purpose.
Researchers test theta burst stimulation in Alzheimer's patients
Doctors used a new type of TMS called theta burst stimulation. This technique enables shorter stimulations to be triggered at a higher frequency in four areas of the brain, the experts explain. These areas are associated with Alzheimer's disease. The process takes just three minutes, the authors add. In comparison, standard treatment usually takes forty minutes.
The type of treatment used affects the build-up of plaque proteins
The treatment aims to build up plaque proteins around brain cells and how the neurons communicate with each other, the doctors say. The communication between the brain cells determines how we think and how well information processing works in our brain, explains Professor Hoy.
Strengthening the brain regions should enable improved communication
"We are trying to bring regions that communicate with each other to better communication by strengthening their connection," the researchers explain. 100 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease are currently being sought for a corresponding study.
The first successes have already been noted
Patients have previously reported a noticeable difference in thinking and memory. In addition, the results of the cognitive tests carried out improved, the scientists add. (as)