Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/2/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Technique could lead to exciting new approaches to age-old ailments

Applying electric shocks to the brain can improve memory, researchers have found. Furthermore, researchers say the discovery could develop exciting new approaches for treating strokes, early-stage Alzheimer's and aging on the brain.

Previously, TMS has been used in a limited way to temporarily change brain function to improve performance during a test. The new study shows that TMS can be used to improve memory for events at least 24 hours after the stimulation is given.

Previously, TMS has been used in a limited way to temporarily change brain function to improve performance during a test. The new study shows that TMS can be used to improve memory for events at least 24 hours after the stimulation is given.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/2/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Electroshock, hippocampus, Alzheimer's, memory loss


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, it's called a new, non-invasive technique of delivering electrical current using magnetic pulses. The study proved that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS improves memory long after treatment.

Previously, TMS has been used in a limited way to temporarily change brain function to improve performance during a test. The new study shows that TMS can be used to improve memory for events at least 24 hours after the stimulation is given.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

The process also improved people's ability to learn new skills. "We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective," senior author Joel Voss of Northwestern University says.

"This noninvasive stimulation improves the ability to learn new things. It has tremendous potential for treating memory disorders." 

The study was also the first to demonstrate that remembering events requires a collection of many brain regions to work in concert with a key memory structure called the hippocampus, which is similar to a conductor in a symphony orchestra. 

"It's like we replaced their normal conductor with Muti," Voss said, referring to Riccardo Muti, the music director of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. "The brain regions played together better after the stimulation."

The process also has potential for treating mental disorders such as schizophrenia, where the hippocampus are out of sync with each other, affecting memory and cognition.

It isn't possible to directly stimulate the hippocampus with TMS because it's too deep in the brain for the magnetic fields to penetrate. Using an MRI scan, Voss and colleagues identified a superficial brain region a mere centimeter from the surface of the skull with high connectivity to the hippocampus.

He wanted to see if directing the stimulation to this spot would in turn stimulate the hippocampus. It did.

"I was astonished to see that it worked so specifically," Voss said.

When TMS was used to stimulate this spot, regions in the brain involved with the hippocampus became more synchronized with each other, as indicated by data taken while subjects were inside an MRI machine, which records the blood flow in the brain as an indirect measure of neuronal activity.
 
However, he cautions that years of research are needed to determine whether this approach is safe or effective for patients with Alzheimer's disease or similar disorders of memory.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find-even within the huge cities of the world-opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Health

Doctor's orders - Do THIS to prevent a stroke Watch

Image of How can you prevent a stroke?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Did you know 90 percent of all strokes are preventable? What would you do to live a longer, healthier life? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), ten risk factors can be modified to prevent 9 of ten strokes ... continue reading


Sticker Shock! Here's how much Obamacare REALLY costs, per person! Watch

Image of Obamacare is bitter medicine for those who have to pay for it.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

There's more proof the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. The national tab for healthcare, per person now exceeds $10,000. It may be because the goal of Obamacare is to fail and push the nation into a socialist, single-payer system. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Antibiotic-resistant infections expected to kill Watch

Image of The misuse of antibiotics has led to a dangerous antibiotic-resistant gene (riskmanagement).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On May 18, a woman was treated with antibiotics. When the antibiotics failed to help, researchers took a deeper look and discovered a medical nightmare. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research discovered a sample of ... continue reading


'Existing dental fillings are toxic to cells': Stem cells used to fight cavities and root canals? Watch

Image of Fillings and root canals may become outdated dental practices (dentalpro).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

We've all seen the hilarious videos of drugged-up people who just woke from root canal surgery; though the videos provided great laughs, they may become a thing of the past. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Wyss ... continue reading


'I'm perfectly well': Lifestyle change removes all symptoms of MS from man who refused to give up Watch

Image of George Jelinek beat multiple sclerosis (Fiona Hamilton).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

George Jelinek was 45-years-old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis - the same disease his mother succumbed to after a 16-year battle. Rather than wait for the disease to run its course, Jelinek took action and discovered how to reverse its effects. LOS ... continue reading


More than 1.5 million Americans drop out of Obamacare as premiums rise Watch

Image of Keep paying your rising premiums, millions of unemployed Americans are depending on you.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions of people have dropped out of Obamacare as the price for insurance continues to rise. The government expects another, major rate hike in November. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The number of people enrolled in Obamacare has dropped from 12.7 million ... continue reading


Second American infected with invincible superbug, expected to infect MILLIONS Watch

Image of Drug resistant bacteria are spreading in the U.S.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Every 30 minutes, at least one person in the United States dies because of antibiotic resistant infections. Researchers have now discovered a dangerous gene in the infection of a second person that reveals these microbes are evolving rapidly and may soon evolve beyond ... continue reading


Social anxiety a thing of the past? Scientists observe OXT Watch

Image of Are your social skills lacking? It may be in your genes (Shutterstock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Have you always been more of a loner than social butterfly? Science may have proven why that is. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientists may have found a reason why you're more comfortable alone than at a party.According to a study conducted by the University of ... continue reading


Top 7 healthy summer snacks Watch

Image of If you live in a region where the summer heat drains the energy out of you, these healthy summer treats are right up your alley (Gina's Recipes)!

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Take a look at our top seven beautiful, delicious and healthy summer snacks! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Images of sunny beaches, warm breezes, lake swims, ice cream and the laughter of children come to mind when we think of summer - but let's face it, we ALL ... continue reading


'We're sort of in a hard place': 234 pregnant women in U.S. diagnosed with Zika Watch

Image of Over 200 pregnant women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the incurable Zika virus (Alamy).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

No one is immune - over 200 pregnant women in the United States have been diagnosed with the Zika virus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new CDC report revealed 234 pregnant women in the United States have been diagnosed with the Zika virus.Thus far, three babies ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Pantaleon: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Pokemon Go player with CCW halts attempted robbery
  • Pope Francis 'implores God's peace for the world' after horrific ...
  • PLEASE PRAY! Catholic priest savagely beheaded by ISIS terrorists ...
  • I am Ready for Love HD Video
  • Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be a man of strife and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence save me.3 ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:44-46
44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 27th, 2016 Image

St. Pantaleon
July 27: St Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black ... Read More