THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 556.4 Guest: Dr. Paul Spiers, visiting Prof. of Psychology, MIT, Boston, Mass. Topic: Citicoline/elderly memory study Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Versatile citicoline...coming up...

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NEMA: We first ran into citicoline when we talked about stroke drugs several months ago,where researchers found it helped maintain the integrity of brain cells during a stroke. Now, researchers at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts have found the substance helps memory in some people...Dr. Paul Spiers leads the work...

SPIERS: We were looking at the effect of citicoline on memory in normal, elderly volunteers. We calculate a mean for whatever the group is that we have, in terms of everybody's average memory. And what we found is that some people fell below that mean. And so, we specifically identified that group as a relatively memory inefficient group, and then we looked at effects of the citicoline on that group...it brought them up to the same level as their peers.

NEMA: How does citicoline help?

SPIERS: It acts to help both the structural integrity of the neurons, and to allow them to communicate with each other more effectively.

NEMA: Dr.Paul Spiers says they are now looking at citicoline's effect on people who have had strokes within the last two years, to find out if it will improve their brain function. I'm Steve Girard.