Scientists ‘reverse’ memory loss

Mental stimulation and drug treatment could help people with degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s recover their memories, a study says.

Scientists found mice with a similar condition to Alzheimer’s were able to regain memories of tasks they had previously been taught.  A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found two methods – brain stimulation and drugs – both worked.

Their findings were published in British journal Nature.  The researchers used genetically engineered mice in which a protein linked to degenerative brain disease could be triggered.

While most treatments for Alzheimer’s targeted the disease’s early stages, this research showed that even after major brain damage it was still possible to improve learning and memory.

Source:  BBC News


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