For older people, dementia can be a possibility. For a long time, science has been looking for a way to reverse this. A new memory loss treatment is now used in research.
Dementia's main concern has been memory loss. Though memory loss is not as severe as that of Alzheimer's, it still takes its toll on many older people. A new way of treating memory loss in dementia has been used in research, with the help of a new molecular mechanism.
The new molecular mechanism hopes to help associative memory. Associative memory is important in such functions like remembering people and places in the long term. A protein called CRTC1 is also needed by the hippocampus in order to keep associative memory going.
CRTC1 function could be restored using the new molecular mechanism being developed for memory loss. The study has used lab mice in order to test out this new mechanism. Mice who have been given the new treatment were able to remember a negative experience in the past. Mice though that have been given only a simple treatment did not show any sign of improvement.
The study has shown that the new molecular mechanism can reverse memory loss. This is true even in the late stages of dementia, according to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona's site. The study has also shown the importance of molecular treatment has in memory disorders.
Dr. Carlos Saura, lead author of the study, has said that he is excited about the new treatment. Applications of the treatment in clinics could potentially give hope for many old people who have dementia, as Science Daily reports. Dementia especially in older people is a degenerative disease that has not found any cure as of yet.
Many scientists are looking for ways to reverse the effects of dementia. So far many of the treatments are still experimental. A new memory loss treatment is now being used in research. A study has also shown that Alzheimer's disease may go all the way back to the womb.