Retaining older individuals’s reminiscence — Science Information, March 18, 1972
Regardless of the age-old craving for the Fountain of Youth, there’s a marked lack of analysis towards retaining vitality in later years. Nonetheless … [researchers] have discovered they’ll reverse transient reminiscence loss — or senility — in older sufferers by giving them periodic oxygen therapies in a hyperbaric chamber.
Research nonetheless solely trace that exposing sufferers to one hundred pc oxygen at excessive pressures would possibly give cognitive talents a lift (SN: 10/12/85, p. 236). As an example, individuals with persistent signs after gentle head trauma who underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy outperformed untreated people on reminiscence exams not less than two months after the therapies, researchers reported in 2020. Publicity to excessive quantities of oxygen additionally has been proven to enhance short-term reminiscence in individuals who have had strokes and people with Alzheimer’s illness. The therapies appear to work by dampening irritation within the mind. The jury continues to be out on whether or not the tactic has a long-lasting impact on reminiscence.