Light and sound therapy might help people with Alzheimer's

Studies found that when mice engineered to exhibit Alzheimer's-like qualities were exposed to strobe lights and clicking sounds, important brain functions improved and toxic levels of Alzheimer's-related proteins diminished.
Studies found that when mice engineered to exhibit Alzheimer's-like qualities were exposed to strobe lights and clicking sounds, important brain functions improved and toxic levels of Alzheimer's-related proteins diminished.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK • Could people's eyes and ears help fix the damage Alzheimer's disease does to the brain? Just by looking at flashing lights and listening to flickering sounds?

A new study led by a prominent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) neuroscientist offers tantalising promise. It found that when mice engineered to exhibit Alzheimer's-like qualities were exposed to strobe lights and clicking sounds, important brain functions improved and toxic levels of Alzheimer's-related proteins diminished.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Light and sound therapy might help people with Alzheimer's'. Subscribe