The role of magnetic fields in neurodegenerative diseases.

Publication date: Mar 20, 2020

The term neurodegenerative diseases include a long list of diseases affecting the nervous system that are characterized by the degeneration of different neurological structures. Among them, Alzheimer disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are the most representative ones. The vast majority of cases are sporadic and results from the interaction of genes and environmental factors in genetically predisposed individuals. Among environmental conditions, electromagnetic field exposure has begun to be assessed as a potential risk factor for neurodegeneration. In this review, we discuss the existing literature regarding electromagnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases. Epidemiological studies in AD, PD, and ALS have shown discordant results; thus, a clear correlation between electromagnetic exposure and neurodegeneration has not been demonstrated. In addition, we discuss the role of electromagnetic radiation as a potential non-invasive therapeutic strategy for some neurodegenerative diseases, particularly for PD and AD.

Riancho, J., de la Torre, Sanchez, Paz-Fajardo, L., Limia, C., Santurtun, A., Cifra, M., Kourtidis, K., and Fdez-Arroyabe, P. The role of magnetic fields in neurodegenerative diseases. 24433. 2020 Int J Biometeorol.

Concepts Keywords
ALS Long list diseases
Alzheimer Radiation
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Neurological disorders
Correlation Organ systems
Electromagnetic Nervous system
Electromagnetic Radiation Senescence
Nervous System Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Neurodegeneration RTT
Neurodegenerative Diseases Neurodegeneration
Neurological Degenerative disease
Parkinson Radiation
Risk Factor


Type Source Name
disease MESH neurodegenerative diseases
pathway REACTOME Neurodegenerative Diseases
disease MESH Alzheimer disease
pathway KEGG Alzheimer disease
disease MESH Parkinson disease
pathway KEGG Parkinson disease
disease MESH amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
disease MESH risk factor

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