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Light therapy may dramatically reduce neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease

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Researchers at MIT have found that light therapy can enhance synaptic function and protect against cell death in Alzheimer’s disease. Bright light therapy is used as a treatment for a number of mental health conditions, including seasonal affective disorder, bipolar depression, chronic depressive disorder, and insomnia. The present research study suggests it may be useful for dementia, too.

The suprachiasmatic nucleus is the partof the brain responsible for regulating the wake-sleep cycle, a cycle that is often disturbed in patients with dementia due to damage to this area of the brain. Bright light therapy has been seen to improve disturbances in the wake-sleep cycle of patients with dementia.

Additionally, light therapy has been shown to reduce aggressive behavior in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD).

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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