Oxytocin, commonly known as the love hormone, may well be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new scientific study. Explanations.
Love heals many ailments and may even help reverse the devastating damage of Alzheimer’s disease. In any case, this is what a new Japanese study suggests, the conclusions of which have been published in the journal Neuropharmacology Reports and relayed by the Daily mail. According to the researchers in charge of this research, oxytocin, the love hormone, is capable of performing small miracles on this neurodegenerative disease. Previous studies, carried out on the brain tissue of dead mice, had already shown that it could counter some of the damage induced by Alzheimer’s.
A major discovery which revives the hope of a future treatment in the years to come. But here it is: researchers now find themselves faced with an obstacle that could compromise such progress: finding a way that is both safe and effective to deliver this hormone to the brains of living animals. A problem they are looking into and which is about to be solved.
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A nasal drip
According to their findings, administering the hormone to mice via a nasal drip would work almost as well as injecting it directly into the brain, a much more risky and difficult procedure to use on humans whose structures brains are much more complex.
In concrete terms, after carrying out maze tests on live mice, the scientists realized that the rodents having received an injection of oxytocin obtained better results than the others. But although the nasal treatment did not perform 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 while calling for further studies on this subject.
Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. If it most often strikes the elderly (nearly 15% of those over 80), it can also occur much earlier. It is estimated today in France at 33,000 the number of patients under 60 suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to figures from the Alzheimer Research Foundation.
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