Besides helping you stay connected to others, a recent study found out that cellphones might also help prevent some of the brain-wasting effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Using genetically mice that are altered to develop Alzheimer’s disease, researchers found out that after a long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves such as those used in cellphones, these mice performed well on memory and thinking skill tests.
Lead author Gary Arendash, PhD, USF Research Professor at the Florida ADRC said that the results were a major surprise since they expected that the exposure would increase the effects of dementia.
“Quite to the contrary, those mice were protected if the cell phone exposure was stared in early adulthood. Or if the cellphone exposure was started after they were already memory- impaired, it reversed that impairment,” Arendash said in a telephone interview.
It was found out in the study that the exposure erased a build-u of beta amyloid, a main constituent of amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.
“It (the electromagnetic wave) prevents the aggregation of that bad protein of the brain,” Arendash said.
“The findings are intriguing to us because they open up a whole new field in neuroscience, we believe, which is the long-term effects of electromagnetic fields on memory.”