HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Rats Receiving Ginkgo Biloba Learn Quicker, Live 20 Percent Longer Than Controls, UB Study Finds

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ginkgo biloba, prescribed widely in Europe to improve brain function, appears to improve learning and memory in rats and prolongs their life, a study at the University at Buffalo has shown.

The unexpected positive effect on longevity has surfaced in research to determine ginkgo biloba's effect on age-related cognitive deficits, using rats as an animal model.

"At a certain point in our analysis, we realized that the rats who were receiving ginkgo biloba were living substantially longer than those who were not receiving the extract," said Jerrold C. Winter, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology in UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and author of the study.

"That finding leads us to speculate that in addition to ginkgo biloba's purported beneficial effects on brain function, which our study supports, the extract may also have a positive effect on longevity."

Results of the study appear in the current issue of Physiology and Behavior.

Ginkgo biloba is available in the U.S. as a dietary supplement, but is not approved by the FDA as a medical treatment. It is prescribed widely by physicians in Germany and France in the form of EGb 761 -- a complex mixture of chemicals obtained from ginkgo leaves -- to treat age-related deterioration in brain function. Several human trials there have shown positive results, but little research has been done to replicate these findings in animals, Winter said.

Winter's earlier research with rats showed that a set of tasks performed in an apparatus called the radial maze could reliably detect deficiencies in learning and memory related to age. In the current study, Winter used 20-month-old rats, which were assigned a diet that included either ginkgo biloba extract or no extract. Over several weeks, the animals performed tasks in the radial maze that required them to master new challenges and retain learned information over time.

Re
'"/>

Contact: Lois Baker
baker@newsb.buffalo.edu
716-645-2626
University at Buffalo
14-Jan-1998


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Patients May Not Be Receiving The Highest Quality Of Care
2. Cure Rate Soars For Some AML Patients Receiving High-Dose Drug
3. Cancer Patients From Deprived Areas of South East England Arent Receiving Optimum Treatment
4. Ginkgo fails important memory test, according to study in JAMA
5. Ginkgo biloba slows cognitive decline in patients with multiple sclerosis
6. Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study On The Effects Of Oral Treatment With GinkgoBiloba Extract In Patients With Erectile Dysfunction
7. The mysteries of the emotions: The Good, Bad, and the Learned
8. Learning to cover up reduces risk of skin cancer
9. Learning skills greatly limits stress for family caregivers, says Stanford study
10. Learn and Serve announcement and call for proposals
11. Learning with a digital brain

Post Your Comments:
(Date:5/28/2015)... Hexagon Geospatial is pleased to announce that ... engineering, spatial data and mapping services, is using Hexagon ... clouds for urban change assessments in Bernalillo County, New ... Spatial Data Division implemented a countywide approach to generating ... by a variety of different digital aerial camera systems, ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... May 28, 2015 lifeIMAGE ... round of financing led by Cambia Health Solutions ... dedicated to transforming health care by creating a person-focused ... most utilized network for exchanging medical imaging, will use ... base, increase the breadth of its network capabilities and ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... 28, 2015 WebWatcher, the ... their partnership with BeSure Consulting to help ... The partnership will combine BeSure Consulting’s ... parental monitoring software solution. , Led by ... Consulting's passion is concentrated on teaching law ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... PA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 A ... and adventures. Each item on the bucket ... impossible events, experiences and tasks that the owner wants ... no right or wrong when it comes to making ... a business, writing poems, publishing a book, seeing the ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... Ask not what your racquet can do for you ... your racquet. With the launch of their new digital campaign, ... astonishing tricks and unique skill to HEAD Pro Players and ... trick artist playfully demonstrates how to gain more control over ... but also challenges tennis enthusiasts everywhere to join the show. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Hexagon Geospatial Supports Urban Change Detection Programs in New Mexico 2Health News:Hexagon Geospatial Supports Urban Change Detection Programs in New Mexico 3Health News:Cambia Health Solutions Leads New Round of Investment in lifeIMAGE 2Health News:Cambia Health Solutions Leads New Round of Investment in lifeIMAGE 3Health News:Cambia Health Solutions Leads New Round of Investment in lifeIMAGE 4Health News:WebWatcher Partners with BeSure Consulting 2Health News:WebWatcher Partners with BeSure Consulting 3Health News:Tennis Artist Baffles Novak Djokovic - HEAD Launches Trick Shot Campaign “Frame & Play” 2
(Date:5/28/2015)...  Pharmaceutic Labs announces its official status as ... the FDA,s Drug Quality and Security Act. To ... to Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) and increased ... highest standards of CGMP 21 CFR Part 210 ... with FDA regulations and ensure patient safety, Pharmaceutic ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... INDIANAPOLIS , May 28, 2015  Eli ... final results of the Phase III PROCLAIM trial ... presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology ... . PROCLAIM was a randomized, Phase III superiority ... lung cancer (NSCLC), which evaluated Lilly,s ALIMTA ® ...
(Date:5/28/2015)... Research and Markets( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rjpc7h/2015_strategies ) has ... in the US Ancillary Hospital Locations (ERs, ORs, ... offering. This new 973-page report contains ... diagnostic testing markets outside the main hospital laboratory ... of the market dynamics, size, growth, regulatory requirements, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 2PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 3PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 4PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 5PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 6PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 7PROCLAIM Final Trial Results to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 8Strategies in the US Ancillary Hospital Locations (ERs, ORs, ICUs) Diagnostic Testing Market 2015-2020 2
Cached News: