Researchers Find Memory Booster

Researchers have identified a brain protein that acts like a personal trainer, pumping up pathways essential for memory.

The study in rats out of Northwestern University identifies the protein Kalirin as a memory booster. Researchers found this protein strengthened the communication lines between brain cells. The more often a task was repeated the stronger the lines became.

Previous studies have found patients with Alzheimer's disease lack the protein. Researchers say this explains why continued learning plays a role in delaying the disease.

Kalirin strengthens the synapses between cells. The synapses grow stronger the more often a task is performed.

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