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Memory Loss and Who It Effects

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Experiencing memory Loss can be a frightening and disorientating experience for the many people it affects. This week the Daily Mail online reported that, according to  recent research, losing your memory as you get older may be reversible. Scientists say that they have identified neurons which damage the ability to form medium-term memories when not functioning properly. They say that by stimulating these  neurons,  a person’s memory may be restored. There are many different kinds of memory loss problems that a person can experience- it can be partial or total, and it is normal in older people (70 and older). Sudden memory loss can be caused by a brain trauma, a stroke, epilepsy, extreme mental illness, meningitis or alcoholism and may be permanent or temporary. When caused by medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, the memory loss is gradual and tends to be permanent.

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Innovative New “I’ll Quit When I’m 30” Campaign Launched

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“I’ll Quit When I’m 30.” – A phrase common among smokers today who are not quite ready to give up the cigarettes. Many young people are putting giving up smoking on the long finger in the belief that if they give up before their 30th birthday, they can reverse the damage smoking has done to their body. Now this demographic is being targeted  in a new anti-smoking campaign created by the Irish Cancer Society which emphasizes the effects that smoking can have on looks. It’s no secret that most people start smoking during their formative years.  Many teenagers begin the habit smoking due to being bombarded  by images of people in the media who they aspire to be like-  people who look impossibly independent, glamorous and skinny while inhaling on a cigarette.  They make this connection between smoking and looking sophisticated.

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