July 15, 2014
The effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia, particularly memory loss, are tragic. However, there is a brand new brain implant being developed that could help people restore their lost memories. Research teams at the University of Southern California and North Carolina’s Wake Forest University, among others, say the implant has the potential to restore declarative memories, which are memories of people, events, facts and figures.
While having a chip implanted into the brain may sound highly risky, brain implants have actually been used to treat conditions like epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease for the past 15 years. And while the research team notes that the implant won’t be able to help people with advanced dementia, it does appear it could be a potential treatment for more mild forms of the disease, as well as a way to help others, such as soldiers, who have suffered brain trauma. The U.S.-wide team believes that the device will be ready to be implanted in a small number of human volunteers within two years and available to patients in five to 10 years.
Learn more about this amazing memory implant that could change the way we store memory in this article from CNN.
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