by Rajashri on  October 6, 2009 at 9:00 PM Research News
 Memory Boosting Nasal Spray Developed
Researchers at the University of Lubeck in Germany have developed a nasal spray, which they claim boosts memory. The spray contains a molecule found in the immune system called interleukin 6.

A study on 17 healthy young men showed that using the inhaler before bed time helps the brain retain memories during sleep. All participants were given either interleukin-6 or a dummy liquid after hearing a short story and were asked to rest.

On the following morning they were asked to write down as many words of the story as they remembered. Participants given the interleukin-6 spray did significantly better in the tests compared to those given the placebo.

The details of the study appear in the journal, Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology. 

Source: Medindia

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