October 13, 2013
Brain Compound Released By Exercise Protects Neurons

Good news: Scientists are making progress in their efforts to put exercise in a pill.

Research has shown that exercise is good for the brain. Now investigators have identified a molecule called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise and has neuroprotective effects. Researchers were able to artificially increase the levels of irisin in the blood to activate genes involved in learning and memory. The findings, published online October 10 in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism, may be useful for designing drugs that utilize this exercise-induced molecule to guard against neurodegenerative diseases and improve cognition in the aging population.

The harder problem: put learning materials into pill form (or even injections) and feed your course material into your brain via a drug.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2013 October 13 11:17 PM 

coolball said at October 14, 2013 4:21 PM:

Putting course material via pills or injections would likely require nanomachines that rewired the brain. Would be excellent tech, but very dangerous and exploitable.

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