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A common antibiotic seems to have a strange effect on our memories


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A common antibiotic seems to have a strange effect on our memories

Health 24 October 2019 , updated 24 October 2019 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Memory is a tricky thingMichael Austen/Alamy Stock PhotoAn antibiotic used to treat chest infections and sexually transmitted infections has been trialled as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. It didn’t work, but the results suggest we may need to rethink our…

A common antibiotic seems to have a strange effect on our memories


Health



24 October 2019
, updated 24 October 2019

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

Man struggling to remember

Memory is a tricky thing

Michael Austen/Alamy Stock Photo

An antibiotic used to treat chest infections and sexually transmitted infections has been trialled as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. It didn’t work, but the results suggest we may need to rethink our understanding of how memories are formed.

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The drug, doxycycline, has previously been used to prevent memories being formed in the first place. Dominik Bach at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his colleagues theorised that the recall of a previously formed memory could be similarly weakened by doxycycline, as both processes are thought …

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