Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Memory loss versus longevity :: Life's strange little ironies..

In clearing out my inbox and came across a couple of slightly dated MedlinePlus articles that couldn't help but generate a quick, "Ah, the irony of it all.."

The first article was about a study that gingko biloba may not have any effect on memory loss, Alzheimer's, dementia, etc, but that it did show the possibility its usage was prolonging Life.. The next article then proceeded to lament the worldwide cost of care for persons experiencing memory loss who were..

Living much, much longer these days, thus the increasing and sizable cost of their specialized health care..

There is some real Life humor to be seen in the irony, not to mention the old "Truth is stranger than fiction"..

While I'm at it, another article coming out that same week focused on CREB (cAMP response element-binding), a brain protein researchers have reported to have discovered affects memory retention when manipulated in mice.. Their foresight at this point is that they could see one day being able to manipulate memories into healthy brain cells and away from dying brain cells in, say, Alzheimer's and brain injury patients, individuals.. Now that's cool..

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