If you suffer from Alzheimer’s or if the disease runs genetically in your family, you know how important it is to find a treatment that can help slow the debilitating and disheartening effects of memory loss. Fortunately, there may be a drug on the market within the next ten years that helps individuals retain memory.
Scientists have located a part of the brain in mice that triggers memory recall. It is believed that humans have the same switch in their brains. This switch appears to help prevent memory loss and may, in fact, bring back some of those memories that have already been lost.
In this study, scientists tested a drug called Vorinostat on mice in hopes of affecting that part of the brain dealing with memories. More drugs that focus on this “master switch” will need to be tested, but researchers are hoping that this is the beginning of a huge development in preventing—or possibly reversing—Alzheimer’s disease.