Published January 13, 2015
An experimental helmet could be the answer to reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday.
According to the report, British researchers have designed special headgear that bathes the brain with infrared light and stimulates the growth of brain cells.
Its creators told the Daily Mail that by wearing the helmet for only 10 minutes each day, the device could reverse the symptoms of brain decay, such as memory loss and anxiety, after only four weeks.
The scientists developed the helmet following a University of Sunderland study that found middle-aged mice exposed to short periods of infrared light over 10 days showed increased performance in a 3D maze, it was reported.
"Currently all you can do with dementia is to slow down the rate of decay — this new process will not only stop that rate of decay but partially reverse it," the helmet's lead designer, Dr. Gordon Dougal, told the Daily Mail.
Human trials will begin this summer that will administer levels of infra-red that occur naturally in sunlight, the Daily Mail reported.