Forgetting is something that many of us worry about as we get older. Then we start to wonder if we are getting Alzheimer’s disease or something else. Relax. It probably isn’t Alzheimer’s, but the natural way our brain ages. The brain cells called neurons lose their connections between each other that can cause long term memory loss.

Researchers and fruit flies at the Scripps Institute in Florida have put memory research to the test. They used smell as a memory trigger for the little flies and imaging to view special neurons that were activated in long term memory. What they found were structural differences that interfered with the synapses or connections. Forming new connections is necessary to produce long term memories. Now the researchers will look at ways to create new connections!!


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