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Infra-red helmet for Alzheimer's

Published 28 January 2009

Alzheimer’s Society comment on the infra-red helmet trialled by Sir Terry Pratchett in the forthcoming BBC Two documentary. Manufacturers claim the helmet improves cognition in people with dementia.

'We welcome any new initiatives to help fight dementia, but the infra-red helmet is still at an early stage of research. We need a proper clinical trial to determine whether or not it is a safe and effective treatment for people with dementia.

'700,000 people are living with dementia and one million people will develop the condition in the next ten years. Many would try anything to stop this devastating condition robbing them of their lives.  It is vital that we do not generate false hope and that all potential treatments are rigorously tested.'

Professor Clive Ballard
Director of Research
Alzheimer's Society