>>>>>>A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience has revealed that being exposed to stress for long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the brain and a memory loss. Researchers led by Jonathan Godbout, associate professor of neuroscience at Ohio State University, investigated the relationship between prolonged stress and short-term memory loss in mice, where the mice were subjected to repeated social defeat.
According to the researchers, they
found out that the bullied mice had trouble with spatial memory and even
avoided social contact for up to four weeks.
The team concludes that the short-term memory loss is linked to brain inflammation and the immune system. The mice recorvered within 28 days without being administered any drug.
However professor Godbout believes that this would pave way for immune-based
treatments. “It's possible we could identify targets that we can treat pharmacologically or behaviourally.” He added.
Scientist believe that inflammation of the brain leads to short-term memory loss and hope that a better understanding of stress and cognitive
and mood problems could help create strategies for those whose daily
lives involve anxiety, depression and ongoing problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
source: Medical News Today