Cumulative stress can lead to brain damage new evidence that chronic stress can damage a region of the brain that processes learning and memory. Stanford researchers are among the first to document actual physical evidence that natural hormones released during a long period of continued anxiety, can damage an area of the brain called the Hippocampus. "You get a lot of Hippocampal damage, and you're not going to know who the president is, what decade it is, what you had for breakfast today, the name of your grandchildren; really critical to what's called working memory. It's the area of the brain that's probably the most sensitive to stress hormones," says Dr. Sapolsky.
Dr. Sapolsky says knowing now that long term stress builders like severe depression or post traumatic stress can lead to irreversible damage of the Hippocampus, his team is trying now to find genetic therapies which might help those who have been tagged as more vulnerable to damage from stress. Those treatments could someday include genetic compounds that might provide sensitive brain neurons with a protective coat, something that would be activated only when stress is piled on.
You've heard of the nicotine patch, the birth control patch, now there's the 'Potty Patch'. Actually, it has a more respectable name than that, but that explains it to a lot of folks out there looking for something to stop the 'gotta go' syndrome.
The urgent need to go to the bathroom is getting slowed down with a new medicine patch. The Oxytrol Transdermal Patch was recently approve by the FDA for patients suffering with overactive bladder. The patch, placed on the stomach, hip or rear end twice a week controls the urgent need to urinate.
Other medications for overactive bladder carry some uncomfortable side effects, like constipation or dry mouth. But clinical trials with the Oxytrol Patch showed that those side effects showed up coincidentally as often as it did with the control group that just took a sugar pill.
The Oxytrol Transdermal Patch is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. If you're interested in it, ask your doctor about it because you will need a prescription.