Long-term exposure to mobile phone signals “reverses memory impairment” in mice

A new University of South Florida study in mice suggests that long-term exposure to the electromagnetic waves associated with mobile phones may protect against Alzheimer's disease. The study is published today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Posted on 6th January 2010

The research showed that exposing elderly mice with Alzheimer’s symptoms to electromagnetic waves generated by mobile phones removed amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. In younger mice with the disease, exposure to the waves prevented amyloid from building up. Cognitive tests revealed both sets of mice performed to the same level as normal animals.

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said:

“This research has been carried out in mice that mimic some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in people, so we don’t know if any similar effects will be seen in humans. Although the researchers hope their findings will translate to people, much more research is needed to find out if there could be any beneficial effects of long-term exposure to electromagnetism, and to guarantee its safety. We don’t recommend spending 24 hours a day on a mobile phone – we don’t know the long-term effects, and bills could go through the roof.

“With no current effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, we need to investigate every possible avenue of research, yet we are constantly hamstrung by a lack of funds. If we are to head off the forecasted doubling of dementia in the UK in the next generation, we need to invest in research now to deliver us the answers.”

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