Pratchett tries Alzheimer's helmet

A UK science fiction author who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007 reportedly tried an innovative new treatment to try to improve or even reverse his condition.

Sir Terry Pratchett tried the anti-dementia helmet for approximately three months for 10 minutes a day, the Daily Mail reports. After that time, it showed the author had experienced a small improvement.

"I have spoken to Sir Terry.

Pratchett tries Alzheimer's helmet He is very concerned about the impact of his dementia on his work. He is scouring all of the latest literature about dementia," Dr Gordon Dougal, who designed the helmet, told the news provider.

Dougal said the helmet is a prototype and works by directing intense bursts of infrared light into the brain to stimulate growth of brain cells, according to the article.

Colin Smythe, Pratchett's literary agent, said the author's experience with the helmet will be part of a television documentary, which may be screened as early as February.

Recently, it was reported UK residents still perceive a stigma attached to dementia and are less likely to get help if diagnosed. Pratchett has made strides to dispose of the stigma by being open about his struggle with the disease.

There are approximately 700,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK.

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