Strange as it may sound, scientists discovered that an anti-cancer drug sharpens the memory.
If you didn’t think it was possible for a drug to help you improve your memory or help the elders keep Alzheimer away, you might have been wrong.
A new research published on Journal Neuroscience discovered that the RGFP966 drug which was given to rats made them more responsive to what they were listening. Moreover, they were able to learn and recall more information.
“Memory-making in neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease is often poor or absent altogether once a person is in the advanced stages of the disease,” declared Kasia M. Bieszczad, the lead author of the study.
She furthermore stated that this drug could represent a salvation for people, giving them the possibility of making new memories which are abundant in details and content.
People suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer cannot recover, as there doesn’t exist any therapeutic treatment. During this disease, their brain cells die, as there are no strong synapses to pass the information from one neuron to another.
The drug used on these animals is part of the HDAC inhibitors, which helps people suffering from cancer by blocking the turning of normal cells into cancerous ones. The effect this medicine has on the brain is that it makes it more elastic, allowing it to make connections and to improve memory.
During the experiment, the rats were taught to listen to a sound so that they receive recompense. After that, they were given the drug and it seems that they responded better than the rats that didn’t receive the drug. Moreover, the rats seemed to be more concentrated on the sounds they heard during the training period, thing which is extremely important, as storing sounds are a significant component of human speech.
In addition, Bieszczad stated that this treatment could also be used by people having difficulties in learning their own language or by people wanting to learn foreign languages.
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