Changes in the composition of our blood as we age may cause the deterioration of memory and other brain functions by damaging connections in the brain.
Filtering younger blood into an older body could combat the problem by rejuvenating old tissue and keeping nerve cells in good working order, according to a new study...
... Researchers from Stanford University found that old mice given transfusions of younger blood performed better in a memory task than those left to age naturally.
They also began to re-grow connections in their brains which had previously begun to disappear as part of the aging process and which affect memory...
... Researchers will also examine the possibility of using blood transfusions for protection against disease in the elderly.
Dr Villeda said: "Do I think that having young blood could have an effect on a human? I am thinking more and more that it might.
"We have blood transfusions all the time after chemotherapy and for surgery. I think now we know something happens, you can start treating it more as a therapy."
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