New Atlas: Restoring brain plasticity may hold key to reversing age-related cognitive decline

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Normal aging is commonly associated with a variety of mild sensory and cognitive declines. Separate to any acute dementia-related disease, this average age-related brain decline has been commonly thought to be caused by a slow reduction in the total number of brain cells. However, a new study from MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory suggests that a reduction in the plasticity of certain neurons could be the fundamental cause of normal age-related cognitive decline. (August 20, 2018)

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