London: Using a magnetic coil to stimulate the parts of the brain involved in memory and learning could help delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.The researchers believe that used early in the course of the disease, it would give patients precious extra months of independent living, as well as time with their loved ones before their physical and mental health deteriorates.The technology, known as trans-cranial magnetic stimulation and developed by Israeli firm Neuronix Medical, had already been tried on Alzheimer’s patients, with promising results.In a new test being conducted in Manchester, six patients in the early stages of the disease will be having a magnetic coil held over their scalp while they answer questions, identify shapes and solve puzzles.It is hoped that as the magnetic field passes into key brain areas it will strengthen vital connections between cells.
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