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Wonder drug Paracetamol may be the answer to dementia
Paracetamol, the most commonly used pain reliever has found to have many other benefits. Studies have suggested that paracetamol's can help in boosting memory and lowering stress.
PARACETAMOL, THE most widely used painkiller has a side effect. As per studies, researchers said that Paracetamol enhances memory and reduces stress. The research has followed a pilot test and is yet to be published but researchers are quite sure that this drug works on the key brain cells that control the ability to recall. A clinical trial to prove the same have begun now.

The pilot test that was conducted on people who take Paracetamol regularly performed very well in a memory test. The reason behind such a conclusion is the fact that the scientist feel that this drug lower the chemical in the body known as prostaglandins, which in turn reduce the pain in the body. They believe that Paracetamol stops or reduces the activity of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2, which stops production of these pain-causing prostaglandins.


Many people are known to take paracetamol for headaches, body aches and this happens all around the world. Apart from warding off the pain, this wonder tablet activates the release of the feel good brain chemical serotonin that apart from its pain relieving benefits also has an indirect effect on the memory after reducing the feeling of stress.


The team studying the drug and its effects on the human brains says that this drug positively affects an area of the brain that learns and that part of the brain is called hippocampus. However, the possible results of the drugs are yet to be proved and contrary to the study some animals have shown that the intake of drug actually hampers the brain.


In Sweden, a study has shown that dementia reduced in humans by 17 per cent after high dose paracetamol was given to them. However, to get a more concrete proof, a new test was started last month in France at the University Hospital Clermont-Ferrand. The scientists would ask 44 healthy men and women to take a daily dose of four tablets, for nine months (the maximum daily safe dose of paracetamol is 4g).


Reaction time and memory tests would be conducted on the volunteers and their health would be simultaneously monitored to look out for any negative effect of the drug. Dr Anne Corbett, research manager at charity The Alzheimer’s Society, was quoted saying about the study that research has shown paracetamol could reduce agitation in people with dementia. However, this latest trial is looking at the memory in healthy adults, and it is therefore too early to suggest this could be the breakthrough they have been waiting for.

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