On the Agenda - Mobiles could stop Alzheimer's

In a nutshell A study has uncovered evidence that long-term exposure to electromagnetic waves generated by mobile phone use may protect against, and even reverse, Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at the University of South Florida found that exposing elderly mice with Alzheimer's to the waves erased brain deposits of the protein beta-amyloid.

New research: mobile phone use
New research: mobile phone use

What else?

The waves could help to prevent the protein's build-up in younger Alzheimer's mice. Researchers isolated the effects of mobile phone exposure on memory from other lifestyle factors. The study involved 96 mice, most of which were genetically altered to develop beta-amyloid plaques and memory problems mimicking Alzheimer's disease.

Why are the results so surprising?

There has been controversy about whether electromagnetic waves from mobile phones cause brain cancer. But the World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health have all concluded scientific evidence does not support any adverse health effects associated with mobile phones.

PR support

A press release was distributed by the in-house team Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre, with support from USF Health Public Affairs.

Media coverage

The story appeared in the Daily Mail with the headline 'Mobiles can stop dementia'. The Independent also ran with the story on page 13, while BBC News featured the story on the home page of its website.

- 700k people currently have dementia in the UK

- 1m people in the UK will have dementia by 2025

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