Drug prevents key age-related brain change in rats Society for Neuroscience

WASHINGTON, DC — As brain cells age they lose the fibers that receive neural impulses, a change that may underlie cognitive decline. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine recently found a way to reverse this process in rats. The study was published Feb. 3, 2016 in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers caution that more studies are needed, but the findings shed light on the mechanisms of cognitive decline and identify potential strategies to stem it. “There’s a tendency to think that aging is an inexorable process, that it’s something in the genes and there’s nothing you can do about it,” said study co-author Gary Lynch. “This paper is saying that may not be true.” The researchers studied dendrites — the branch-like fibers that extend from neurons and receive signals…


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