Oxytocin, commonly known as the love hormone, may be beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new scientific study. Explanations.
Love heals many diseases and can even help reverse the devastating damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In any case, that’s what a new Japanese study, the findings of which were published in the journal, suggests Neuropharmacology Reports and passed on Daily mail. According to the scientists in charge of this research, oxytocin, the love hormone, is able to work small miracles with this neurodegenerative disease. Previous studies, conducted on the brain tissue of dead mice, have already shown that it can counteract some of the damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
A major discovery that revives hope for future treatments in the coming years. But here it is: scientists now face a hurdle that could threaten such progress: finding a safe and effective way to deliver the hormone to the brains of living animals. The problem they are dealing with and about to solve.
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A drop in the nose
According to their findings, giving the hormone to mice through a nasal drip would work almost as well as injecting it directly into the brain, a much riskier and more difficult procedure to use in humans, whose brain structures are much more complex.
Specifically, after conducting maze tests on live mice, the researchers found that rodents that received an injection of oxytocin performed better than others. But even though the nasal treatment didn’t go as well as the injection, Dr. Oka hailed it as a success. “This suggests that oxytocin may help reduce the cognitive decline we see in Alzheimer’s disease.”he said as he called for more studies on the subject.
Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. If it most often affects the elderly (almost 15% of people over 80 years old), it can also appear much earlier. Today in France, the number of patients under the age of 60 suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is estimated at 33,000, according to the data Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
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