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'. Print Edition | Subscribe