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Can these new compounds treat memory loss in depression?

Memory loss does not only occur in neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia. It also happens with age, or in relation to mental health problems, such as depression.

Rsearchers have developed new compounds that could reverse this cognitive effect.

Newly developed compounds may offer fresh hope for depression-related memory loss.

Memory loss is not solely a bedfellow of dementia. It can also be a natural part of the aging process, however unwelcome.

Memory problems also occur in people experiencing emotional distress, particularly individuals facing conditions that may include depression.

For instance, a study appearing last year in the journal Neurology found that people who were exhibiting noticeable symptoms of depression also had poor episodic memory, the type of memory that recalls specific events.

Recently, researchers from Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada have been working hard to develop new compounds able to reverse memory loss that they believe relates to depression and age progression.

Currently, there are no medications to treat cognitive symptoms such as memory loss that occur in depression, other mental illnesses, and aging, Dr. Etienne Sibille, the study Author said.

However, the new compounds that the researchers have tested in preclinical trials appear to reverse memory loss quickly, plus fix the underlying brain mechanisms that cause these problems in the first place.

Dr. Sibille and colleagues conducted a series of studies to find the right compounds and reach their current conclusions.

They have published the findings of their most recent study in the journal Molecular Neuropsychiatry.

The team also presented their work earlier this week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Source: Voice of Nigeria