Sunday, January 15, 2006

vasopressin

A drug in the experimental stage that shows promise of improving memory is vasopressin, a naturally occurring neurotransmitter found in the hypothalamus. Its use as a drug was developed at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Used as a nasal spray, vasopressin permeates the nasal membranes and reaches directly into the brain. Some studies show that the drug increased learning and memory in normal college students by 20 percent.
If tests prove it safe and effective, vasopressin may offer new hope to the elderly who experience faltering memories.
See also FORGETFULNESS; MEMORY PILL.
Martin, P. "Good News About Growing Older," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 41. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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