Birthdays, passwords, colleagues’ names. At some point everybody struggles to remember something important. For Alzheimer’s sufferers the feeling is a relentless onslaught as cherished memories slip out of reach.

But cutting edge new research could mean mean new hope in the battle against memory loss in sufferers of early onset Alzheimer’s.

The revolutionary study by academics at the University of California has suggested for the first time that memories are not stored in synapses as previously thought. It is synapses, the connections between brain cells, that are destroyed by Alzheimer’s.

The breakthrough, reported in the highly regarded online journal eLife, could mean that it becomes possible to restore lost memories.

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