Memories 'lost' to Alzheimer’s can be retrieved; they’re not destroyed after all, new science discovers

‘Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition, known for its potential to wipe away its sufferers’ most treasured memories — but recent research has inspired new hope for those who struggle with memory loss. A team of scientists from Columbia University Medical Center has discovered that it may be possible to retrieve memories otherwise thought to be “lost” to Alzheimer’s.

Published in the journal Hippocampus, the team’s research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease does not totally erase memories; instead, they say it just interferes with the brain’s ability to recall information. While their discoveries were found using mice with the condition, if the same holds true for humans, the findings could be revolutionary. The notion that Alzheimer’s simply disrupts memory recall, rather than destroys memories completely, could change the way Alzheimer’s disease is viewed entirely and possibly open many doors for new treatment protocols.’

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