Alzheimer’s is a debilitating and fatal disease. More than 44 million people worldwide suffer from it or a similar form of dementia. A group of researchers in Korea believe that they may have found a way to slow the effects of the disease, using a headband packed with technology. Their company, Ybrain, has created a device that is worn like a headband.
The band generates mild electrical currents to stimulate brain activity. The device is intended for home use, in 30-minute sessions several times a day. This contrasts with similar treatment devices that are intended only for use in hospitals or other clinical settings.
Ybrain has prototypes that are already in clinical trials in Korea, with initial results showing favorable outcomes compared with medication and other treatments. The company hopes to bring a product to market in 2015.