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Memory-enhancing drug reverses effects of traumatic brain injury in mice

Written by Ryan Cross

The radial-arm water maze is a common test to assess working memory in rodents.
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Whether caused by a car accident that slams your head into the dashboard or repeated blows to your cranium from high-contact sports, traumatic brain injury can be permanent. There are no drugs to reverse the cognitive decline and memory loss, and any surgical interventions must be carried out within hours to be effective, according to the current medical wisdom. But a compound previously used to enhance memory in mice may offer hope: Rodents who took it up to a month after a concussion had memory capabilities similar to those that had never been injured. Read more.

Published by Science Magazine July 10, 2017


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