Noninvasive electromagnetic device boosts cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients

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A new technology using electromagnetism and computer-based cognitive training has been a “game changer” in improving Alzheimer's symptoms, according to Harvard investigators.

The medical device, called NeuroAD, provides electromagnetic stimulation to targeted areas of the brain through a device that's applied to the patient's head. At the same time, the patient completes cognitive training exercises on a computer screen. In trials, the device has boosted cognitive functioning in Alzheimer's patients, according to Harvard Medical School researchers. What's more, results of functional MRI scans have detected increased connectivity in the brain, Medical News Today reported.        

Harvard professor Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., who directed a trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, says that with NeuroAD, “patients' daily activities, such as taking care of themselves, speaking, and even recognizing their loved ones, has improved dramatically. This far exceeds what is currently available with medications today.”

Neuronix, the Israel-based company behind the NeuroAD, is looking to gain Food and Drug Administration approval for the device, Medical News Today reported.