Study: memory loss linked to protein
As you get older, it is pretty common to suffer a bit of memory loss.
Scientists have found a compelling clue in the quest to learn what causes age-related memory problems and to one day tell if those ‘senior moments’ are a result of Alzheimer’s.
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center were able to single out a protein linked to memory loss.
When they cut off the protein in healthy mice, the rodents became forgetful.
When researchers took the block off, their memory returned to normal.
However, they say there is much more work to be done before this is applicable to humans.
The study also showed age-related memory loss works differently than Alzheimer’s disease.
For normal aging, it appears there is a change in the way brain cells work.
During Alzheimer’s, patients lose brain cells.