Alzheimer is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition that involves the loss of cognitive abilities, drastic changes to the patients’ personality and eventual paralysis resulting from damages to the peripheral nerves.
While scientists are yet to uncover much about this disease, it is generally agreed that it is caused by damages to brain cells; induced by plaques and the tangling of protein threads that transport vital nutrients to these cells. Alzheimer is generally associated with genetics and old age; however, studies have revealed that it may also be caused by stress, smoking and other activities that negatively affect the brain cells.
Although there is no universally accepted cure for this condition yet, there are many procedures and devices that can alleviate its impairing effects. The following is a brief review of 5 high tech devices for improving Alzheimer’s cure.
This is one of newest and most prospective technological devices associated with reversing the effects of Alzheimer. This device, launched only a few years ago, works by electromagnetically stimulating the areas of the brain which are commonly affected by this disease. The system also simultaneously guides patients to exercise their cognitive abilities. Reports indicate that many patients begin to show some measure of improvement after some weeks of treatment.
2. Brain Pacemakers
This is another relatively new technology, which basically functions on the same principle as neuro transmitters (such as NeuriAD). A brain pacemaker is a device implanted into the head to send electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain for therapeutic effects. The procedure, known as deep brain simulation, has been used to successfully treat other neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s disease. Several scientists have reported positive results from their tests, however, this solution is yet to be commercially available.
3. GPS Tracking Devices
One of the most striking effects of Alzheimer is the loss of short term memory. Patients suffering from this condition are known to get lost while strolling and wander off for hours or days sometimes. To resolve this, many GPS tracking devices (such as shoes, wrist watches and bracelets) have been developed to alert patients, as well as their guardians, whenever they cross a predefined area.
4. Smart Phones
Smart phones come in handy for Alzheimer patients for many reasons. Today, there are literally hundreds of useful applications that can be installed on the smart phone of a person suffering from Alzheimer to the individual make up for the impairments caused by this disease. For example, memory exercising applications usually assist Alzheimer patients juggle their memory and fight against the loss of their cognitive abilities.
5. Electronic Pill Dispenser
This device was created to help Alzheimer patients remember to take their medication. Electronic pill dispensers usually come with some elaborate features, including a modem (to notify caregivers each time it is used), automatic lock function (to prevent overdose) and a reminder (to alert the patient at medication times). Electronic pill dispensers are programmable according to your medical needs. Some brands also sport a safety feature; which is designed to automatically contact the appropriate caregiver or an ambulance if the patient fails to use the device for some time or if it is toppled over.
While some of these medical devices are cheap, others can be quite expensive. Patients are advised to carry along their Ehic card, when visiting health facilities for consultation and treatment free or at a reduced cost.
Article Source: www.ehicuk.org.
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