While it looks a bit like a motorcycle helmet with PC fans slapped all over it, researchers at the University of Sunderland in England believe that patients affected by Alzheimer's who wear their apparatus will experience improvement. The helmet exposes the brain to infrared light, which has been shown to help encourage the growth of brain cells (tomorrow's headline: Beer Helmets Add Infrared Technology).
The idea to use infrared light to treat Alzheimer's patients came after it was shown to overturn memory loss in mice. Dr. Gordon Dougal, one of the lead researchers on the project, said of the technology: "The implications of this research at Sunderland are enormous — so much so that in the future we could be able to affect and change the rate at which our bodies age."
The disease affects hundreds of thousands here in the United States, and of those tens of thousands die from it.