The study suggests that simple everyday activities like reading books may have the power to stave off the mind-deteriorating disease, due to connections it creates in the mind, allowing its internal networks to provide energy to itself.
The study is based on the age-old theory that a build-up of amyloid-beta protein in the brain is what causes Alzheimer's, which today affects 5.4 million people in the United States alone.
Slutsky's research, however, suggests that it is an imbalance of amyloid-beta 40 that is found in Alzheimer's patients, and not just the amount of amyloid, that leads to developing the disease.
In an attempt to discover if she could restore the mind's protein balance, Slutsky, along with fellow researchers, stimulated the hippocampus regions of the brain, which are significant areas for the development of memory and learning.
What they found was that unique patterns of electrical pulses known as spikes help administer a healthy amyloid-beta ratio of 40/42.
These manufactured bursts of electricity in the mind have the potential to form a new brand of therapy for Alzheimer's patients, according to the article published in Nature Neuroscience on April 7.
The advancement is considered a very significant development in understanding the brain's chemistry, and how certain mutations in the mind lead to Alzheimer's.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life