There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States — affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most devastating symptom of the disease is its characteristic loss of memory and identity, which can take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on its sufferers and their loved ones. But new research from scientists at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute offers a glimmer of hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
There may be a way for lost memories to be restored in the brain, according to the authors of the UCLA study, recently published online in the journal eLife.
The researchers suggest that long-term memory storage may not function as previously believed. The traditional view in neuroscience has held that memories are stored at the brain’s synapses (the connecting points between neurons), which are destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. This causes the neurons to lose connection with one another in brain areas associated with memory, like the hippocampus. However, the UCLA researchers, led by integrative biologist/neurobiologist Dr. David Glanzman, found evidence, based on study of a sea snail, to suggest that long-term memory may not actually be stored at —> Read More Here