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Memory loss starts as early as 45 | WORLD News

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Loss of memory and other brain function can start as early as age 45, posing a big challenge to scientists looking for new ways to stave off dementia, researchers say.

The finding from a 10-year study of more than 7,000 British government workers contradicts previous notions that cognitive decline does not begin before 60 years of age, and it could have far-reaching implications for dementia research.

Pinpointing the age at which memory, reasoning and comprehension skills start to deteriorate is important because drugs are most likely to work if given when people first start to experience mental impairment.

A handful of novel medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, are currently in clinical trials, but expectations are low and some experts fear the new drugs are being tested in patients who may be too old to show a benefit.

Companies with products in development include Eli Lilly , working on a drug called solanezumab, and Elan and Johnson and Johnson, developing bapineuzumab.

The research team led by Archana Singh-Manoux from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health in France and University College London found a modest decline in mental reasoning in men and women aged 45-49 years.

“We were expecting to see no decline, based on past research,” Singh-Manoux said in a telephone interview.

via Memory loss starts as early as 45 | WORLD News.

Strange Random Memory Quote:

Dory: I suffer from short term memory loss. It runs in my family… At least I think it does… Where are they?” – (from Pixar’s Finding Nemo)

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