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Magnetic stimulation of the brain can help prevent age-related memory decline, suggest researchers

(Natural News) Researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago conducted a pilot study that tested the effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the prevention of age-related memory decline. The results, published in an online issue of Neurology on April 17, 2019, suggest that memory can be enhanced temporarily using magnetic fields. The magnetic fields purportedly stimulate nerve cells in the brain, boosting brain activity in the hippocampal-cortical network. This part of the brain helps create, store, and retrieve memories.

The device used in this study contains an electromagnetic coil. The researchers held the coil adjacent to a participant’s scalp. Short bursts of magnetic energy course through the participant’s scalp to target specific regions of their brain. Study author Joel L. Voss, Ph.D. said, “With stimulation, we were able to essentially excite the areas of the brain that are involved in memory formation in older adults, improving their ability to recall items as well as younger adults.

Immediately after magnetic stimulation, elder adults memorize as well as 25 year-olds.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-09-15-magnetic-stimulation-of-the-brain-prevent-memory-decline.html?fbclid=IwAR0rTEZ4IsXyOWvYWZzg1RlyOi54eUjy4zKnhD21Mbcl2DPWj2cSRQ7rAMkFifteen people with an average age of seventy-two participated in the study and were asked to complete memory tasks. These adults showed signs of age-related memory loss, but could still think clearly. They did not show signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Another group of adults with an average age of twenty-five performed the same memory task as the elder adults. In the first week, the elder adults submitted to transcranial magnetic stimulation once a day for five days in a row. In the second week, the elder adults underwent a fake treatment. Under the fake treatment, they submitted to the electromagnetic coil but did not receive a significant dose of magnetic energy. The elder participants did not know when they were receiving a real treatment or a fake one.