Brain inflammation has been found to contribute to memory loss in otherwise healthy adults, new findings show, which could lead to new treatments for people who may be seeking respite care.
Researchers tested the level of brain inflammation marker C-reactive protein in healthy adults and asked that they learn and repeat a short list of words.
Those who exhibited higher levels of C-reactive protein were found to recall fewer words from the list, reports the study presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting.
Brain inflammation has previously been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but this study indicates that even low-grade inflammation can affect the memory of otherwise healthy individuals.
This comes after research published in journal Radiology revealed that doctors could use MRI swcans to predict which cases of mild cognitive impairment are likely to continue into Alzheimer's disease.