Using light as a therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease!

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Science really is incredible!
Let us share some extraordinary science with you and you’ll see what I mean.

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Microglia (In Green) in A Rat brain // Source: GerryShaw // Wikimedia

Chances are you or someone close to you has witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on a loved one. Not only have treatment and therapies been scarce, but little was know about the impact the disease has on memory even if there was a way to reverse its symptoms. That is until the Alzheimer’s breakthrough we are sharing with you today was published.

I don’t want to spoil the incredible outcomes and findings of these studies, but I will say that this potential therapy involves no drugs, no invasive surgery, just something as simple as a string of LED lights.

For this story, we turn one of the EWC team’s favorite podcasts, Radiolab. Grab a comfortable seat and settle in!

Via: Radiolab 1

Let’s be life-long learners!

Isn’t science INCREDIBLE!

Every time I have listened to this podcast I have sat in my chair or in my car with my mouth agape. I have no better way to respond than to be utterly amazed!

How many other questions are out there waiting to be solved with similarly elegant solutions? What other remarkable discoveries are on the cusp of being discovered? Why doesn’t everybody know that this discovery has been made?


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Science impacts all of our lives. Now, more than ever, we need to encourage young scientific minds. Will every student wind up in a lab making the next great breakthrough? No, but the more we make science an integrated part of children’s lives the more we raise a generation of informed, curious, and engaged adults.

And even if you aren’t still a student in a traditional sense, it is so critical that we all remember to be life-long learners when it comes to science! We hardly ever hear about science in the news or read about it on social media, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about it. While writing this article I subscribed to the Scientific American newsletter and to Science News so that I can replace endlessly scrolling through Facebook with knowing a little more about the world!

If there is one thing that I have learned over the course of my time working on Ever Widening Circles it’s that knowing more about the world, walking out into the world a little more informed every day, makes me feel smarter, happier, and more empowered to make good decisions.

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Thanks for learning about Alzheimers today. Tomorrow it may be some extraordinary thought-leader in robotics, the arts, sports, space, or culture!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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