Baby Boomer Health News: Brain RbAp48

One of the potential health issues that concern us, as we grow older is retaining our faculties of thought and memory. The ability to think clearly and process thought is what defines us, as human. The ability to remember our thoughts and the events of our life defines us, as a person.

As we age, some lose the ability to remember and process thought as they did in their youth while others have remarkable cognizant aptitude throughout their lives.

What is the cause of this loss of mental proficiency; is there a prevention or a way to reverse?

Scientists think they have the answer as to what causes old age memory loss and foresee a potential way to limit and possibly reverse it. Well, they have succeeded in mice.

RbAp48 protein apparently, is WD40 for the brain. Examining deceased donated human brains at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City; researchers found older brains had less of protein.

Reducing the RbAp48 protein in younger mice made them confused however, older mice infused with more the protein acted like very much younger mice. Researchers say that is too early to say for sure, but the study hints at a possible treatment for age related memory loss. They also note however, that normal age related memory loss and Alzheimer's disease are not the same. Alzheimer's disease destroys brain receptive neurons as compared to normal memory loss they are simply weakened.

The possibility of viable treatment for age related memory loss is exciting; however, gene therapy works better in mice than in people. Keep the crossword puzzles handy and keep your fingers crossed.

RbAp48 protein does not appear to be one that you eat but one manufactured by your body and with age less is made. The genetically encoded protein was manipulated in the mice to create the test results. Though the tests hint at a possibility of a treatment it should be noted that humans and mice react differently to gene therapy.

Your best bet at the present is to consume foods containing different forms of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) as no one food source has them all. Moreover, eat a well-rounded healthy diet with limited processed food and stay fit through exercise.

Your brain like other parts of the body benefits from use, try to keep active by learning something new every day.

Update:
Scientists discovered that exposure to certain infections may contribute to cognitive function decline and memory loss.

Sources. nbcnews.com,New Zealand Herald, HealthlineNews

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas



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