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Researchers found how to strengthen memory for early stage AD
Myriam
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:20 AM
Joined: 12/6/2011
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source: UCLA Health Sciences) - Ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New research may one day help you improve your memory.

UCLA neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in human patients by stimulating a critical junction in the brain. The finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early Alzheimer's disease.

"The entorhinal cortex is the golden gate to the brain's memory mainframe," explained Dr. Itzhak Fried. "Every visual and sensory experience that we eventually commit to memory funnels through that doorway to the hippocampus. Our brain cells must send signals through this hub in order to form memories that we can later consciously recall."

"Losing our ability to remember recent events and form new memories is one of the most dreaded afflictions of the human condition," said Fried. "Our preliminary results provide evidence supporting a possible mechanism for enhancing memory, particularly as people age or suffer from early dementia."

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