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New study in rats hints at a causal relationship for vitamin D status and cognitive function

Posted on: October 2, 2014   by  Will Hunter

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Researchers recently published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America that found supplementation with vitamin D improved hippocampal-dependent learning and memory as well as hippocampal synaptic functioning in rats.

The hippocampus is a structure in the brain that plays important roles in converting short-term memory into long-term memory as well as in spatial memory and navigation. Humans have two hippocampi, one on each side of the brain.

Synapses are structures in the nervous system that allow a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell (neural or otherwise). It is widely accepted that synapses play a crucial role in the formation of memory.

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1 Response to New study in rats hints at a causal relationship for vitamin D status and cognitive function

  1. Yasir Mahmood

    Thanks for another informative post

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