Researchers at Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana are studying the effect of mobile phone frequency electromagnetic fields for the treatment of age-related dementia. The scientists started investigating opportunities for how radiofrequency electromagnetic fields could be used in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapy, and they selected a frequency of 918 MHz because it is so commonly used in mobile phones.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia is usually characterized by loss of memory, dramatic changes in character and behavior, and, at later stages, by the inability to carry out normal daily life activities. According to scientists, the cause of the disease is the accumulation of the toxic beta-amyloid peptide (Aβ42) in brain tissues, which leads to oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and ultimately – the death of nerve cells.
The study provides an insight into the mechanisms when an electromagnetic field of 918 MHz frequency suppresses oxidative stress triggered by beta-amyloid.
– We have studied the results of scientists from the USA, who have already conducted experiments with the same parameters of electromagnetic irradiation in 6 month exposure period. In our experiments, we used human and rat astrocyte cultures (model cells) and shorter exposure periods of 60 minutes. The results of our studies, obtained by irradiation of cells with an electromagnetic field frequency of 918 MHz in a period of up to 24 hours, confirmed the ability of the electromagnetic field to suppress oxidative stress, which indicates the possible therapeutic effect, – comments Andrey Tsoy, researcher of the Laboratory of Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine, PI “National Laboratory Astana”. Thus, irradiation with an electromagnetic field frequency of 918 MHz can probably be used in the treatment of AD patients. Taking into account the data obtained, Nazarbayev University’s scientists plan to continue research in this direction.
Earlier we described the role of human intestinal microflora in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Within the framework of the study, samples of intestinal flora of elderly people suffering and not suffering from AD were collected for comparison.
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