Anti-dementia Helmet Undergoing Trials

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 15, 2008 at 7:15 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
 Anti-dementia Helmet Undergoing Trials
Trials are on, for what could be a new treatment for sufferers of dementia. This method, which is the first of its kind, employs the use of anti-dementia helmet that emits reduced levels of infrared light.

This method, a brain child of County Durham GP Gordon Dougal, works by exposing the patient to reduced levels of infrared light by means of a helmet needed to be worn for 10 minutes in a day.

An American businessman, Clem Fennell, frustrated with his attempts to find relief from the suffering, opted to participate in the trials of the new anti-dementia helmet therapy.

It has worked wonders on Clem Fennell, according to his wife, who is beginning to see her husband get back his earlier personality, which was fading away due to dementia. She said, "My husband was fading away. It is as if he is back. His personality is showing again. We are thrilled."

Dr Dougal is happy with the initial results and is looking forward to a detailed clinical trial.

Source: Medindia

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I hope this is genuine but it looks like wishful thinking. There is no independently-verified evidence that the helmet makes any difference to brain function. One study (on mice) tentatively supports the idea that near infra-red might have a positive effect: Michalikova S, Ennaceur A, van Rensburg R, Chazot PL (2007) Behavior and Memory Performance of Middle-Aged Female CD1 Mice in a 3D maze: Effects of Near Infrared Light. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Though there are some laboratory studies apparently showing some beneficial effects in cell culture, i can find no corroboration of Michalikova et al's results. This is surprising since, if the effect is real, we would have a medical breakthrough.
richwil Wednesday, January 21, 2009
where are the trials for the brain helmet being held and how do you go about getting on the trials
paula fleming Monday, November 10, 2008
I may have information regarding how you can contact someone who can tell you all about trials. You must write "IR Helmet" in subject line, so that I will take note and open your email. My time is very limited and 98% of my emails go unopened.

Take care!

Lakeland, Florida

Gail33 Thursday, April 29, 2010
how can i find if my mother can go on a trial
guest Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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