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Whether the damage is caused by a traumatic injury or just the stress of growing old, scientists have considered brain damage to be irreversible for years. Now, researchers from the University of California-San Francisco say an experimental drug reverses memory and cognitive declines connected to aging. The drug, ISRIB, has already proven effective at restoring brain functions of patients dealing with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Down Syndrome.
Their study adds this drug can unblock brain pathways which handle memory and mental flexibility in just a few doses. Results begin to show themselves overnight, as if the damage was never there.
“ISRIB’s extremely rapid effects show for the first time that a significant component of age-related cognitive losses may be caused by a kind of reversible physiological ‘blockage’ rather than more permanent degradation,” says Susanna Rosi, PhD. …