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Even the Smallest Stroke Can Impair Cognitive Function
Myriam
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 4:04 PM
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(Source: doctortipster.com) - According to researchers the blockage even of the smallest blood vessels in the brain is associated with alterations in brain tissue, which may contribute to dementia onset. However, the study showed that if these small changes are counteracted by the administration of a drug that is already in use, the installation of dementia can be delayed.


Memantine, a drug approved by the FDA for treating moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease was used by researchers to see if the damage to brain processes could be stopped or slowed down with medication. Researchers administered memantine to the rats affected by those small strokes and showed by experiments that this drug improves the cognitive function.

 

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