Researchers in Toronto have developed an experimental drug that appears to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss, fuelling hopes that a treatment for cognitive decline linked to depression and ageing may be on the horizon. Abi Millar takes a look.
Medicines for memory loss are hard to come by. For people who want to keep their minds sharp into old age, the usual wisdom is simply to adopt a healthy lifestyle – eat a balanced diet, exercise, reduce stress levels and maybe do the occasional crossword. You can’t pop a pill to stave off ‘senior moments’.
However, exactly such a pill could be on the cards, thanks to work underway at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. The researchers, led by Dr Etienne Sibille, are developing a new type of therapy that could reverse everyday memory lapses.
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