The Ability to Erase Traumatic Memories Biologically

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Whether through hours of rote memorization or mnemonic devices, there's no real "secret" behind making or keeping a memory. Conversely, the best way to forget something painful has been a source of endless cliche and conjecture — until now. New developments in the understanding of the brain have made it possible to help trauma patients erase specific memories. When a memory is formed, new linkages are held together by PKM-zeta. To undo these connections, the enzyme only needs to be blocked.

Dr. Todd Sacktor is distinguished professor of physiology, pharmacology and neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

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Todd Sacktor

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Mar. 29 2012 04:53 AM
Body memories

Many people are still searching or hoping that there's a fountain of youth out there that's why experts from the world of science and technology have introduced face lift surgery. Although this medical procedure will not stop people from getting old, it will really help in delaying the physical signs of aging namely: wrinkles, facial lines and sagging or drooping skin. This advancement in cosmetic surgery has helped a lot of people, especially celebrities, gain back their once youthful looks and stop their fears about aging.

Mar. 28 2012 04:56 AM
Anonymous from New york

Many years ago, I saw debris falling off a very tall building on fire. Falling thru the sky, the debris soon turned into spread-eagled stick figures and then the stick-figures changed into people. My life has been a shambles these last ten years, I live from day to day, aimless, and cannot find a purpose. I knew before that I had brown skin. But after that day, I was never allowed to forget, in a look, in an averted glance; it became a burden. Fanon's epidermalization of identity and alienation come alive. Oh yes, I almost, almost wished I was white to get away from it all. The falling debris destroyed something inside, my brown skin destroyed things on the outside. I don't know which debilitates me more, but I cannot fight back the memory of falling painted on a blue sky tinged with fire, for it is my own memory. If there was a drug to take I would and piece back my inside and fight for the outside.

Feb. 22 2012 08:06 AM

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