New study sheds light on age-related memory loss

This protein in the brain could affect memory loss.

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Alzheimer's disease is certainly a major concern for older individuals in Houston, but this isn't the only form of memory loss they have to worry about. Even people who – thankfully – aren't diagnosed with this condition may find that their recollection isn't as sharp as it used to be. However, the new study from Columbia University has indicated that this happening may be linked to a particular protein found in the brain that gradually tapers away over time. 

Using an animal model, scientists led by Dr. Eric Kandel discovered that the loss of RbAp48 within a certain part of the brain was associated with lower memory retention. This discovery could mean that developing a treatment that stops or reverses this depletion could have an affect on battling recollection difficulties.

"Until now […] no one has been able to identify specific molecular defects involved in age-related memory loss in humans," said study co-author Dr. Scott Small in a university press release.

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