January is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and a team of neuroscientists at the University of Lethbridge have found that tactile stimulation (TS) (or touch) shows promise as a non-invasive way to delay the onset of dementia in aging mice. showed that there is
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This research study by Dr. Bryan Kolb, Dr. Majid Mohajerani, and their team used mice specially bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease and divided them into three groups. 15 days a month, and those who did not receive contact.
In this study, we found that mice receiving touch or tactile stimulation in the form of light massage had improved cognitive and motor dysfunction and reduced behavioral-like anxiety.
“We found that tactile stimulation significantly improved cognitive and motor impairments and reduced anxiety-like behaviors, regardless of whether TS was administered in childhood or adulthood,” says Dr. Bryan Kolb. increase.
“Additionally, mice that received TS had reduced plaque numbers and sizes in the brain and larger hippocampal volumes than mice that did not receive TS.”
Tactile stimulation works to stimulate activity in the vagus nerve, which produces a variety of changes in the brain, such as reducing inflammation and increasing immune function. It can also increase the production of neurotrophic factors that support the growth, survival and development of neurons.
For more information on this research, visit U of L. website.