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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Old Brains, New Blood

(Image from Gray's Anatomy)
Having a senior moment?  You might just need some young blood.

It doesn't get much younger than blood from an umbilical cord.  A protein found there (TIMP2, meaning “tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 2”) has been known to treat “more than 80 diseases.”  Now it is also being used to awaken “the tired hippocampi of elderly mice.”

Increases in memory and learning ability have come with such awakenings.  Boosts have ranged from 30 to 50 percent.  TIMP2 is even theorized to be “a master regulator” of processes integral to aging.

Stanford researcher Tony Wyss-Coray warns that results in mice don’t always translate to humans.  It could take another five to ten years before extensive testing can be done with people.


Copyright April 19, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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