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MIT Researchers Show Light Treatment May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease06:57
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In a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta clusters (red) build up among neurons (green) in a memory-related area of the brain. (NIH Image Gallery/Flickr)
In a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta clusters (red) build up among neurons (green) in a memory-related area of the brain. (NIH Image Gallery/Flickr)
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Researchers at MIT, led by Professor Li-Huei Tsai, director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, released a study in the journal Nature Wednesday that could indicate new ways to prevent Alzheimer's. The study found a particular frequency of light reduces beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of mice, a substance thought to cause Alzheimer's disease.

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Ed Boyden, associate professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and leader of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at the MIT Media Lab. He tweets @eboyden3.

This segment aired on December 7, 2016.

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