Are Alzheimer’s Memories Recoverable? posted on: 05-13-2016

alzheimers memoriesIf you’ve spent any length of time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know firsthand how frustrating and tragic the loss of memory can be. Experiences that impacted a lifetime gradually slip away into oblivion. And it’s been widely accepted that once these memories are gone, they’re gone for good.

However, a new study points to a promising alternative: perhaps those memories haven’t been destroyed by the disease after all, and are, in fact, recoverable. Research performed on mice lends strong support to this theory, as those genetically altered to mimic Alzheimer’s appeared to regain memory when brain cells were stimulated with a special blue light.

Although quite a bit of work remains before this treatment can be safely translated into a human procedure, “The potential to rescue long-term memory in dementia is exciting,” according to Prerana Shrestha and Eric Klann of the Center for Neural Science at New York University.

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