Stress hormone cortisol linked with short-term memory loss

June 18, 2014 3:54 AM

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Stress hormone cortisol linked with short-term memory loss

"Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain," said co-author Jason Radley.

Cortisol is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It's vital to human survival, helping humans stay alert when danger lurks and to think fast when good decisions are needed quickly. And cortisol isn't harmful in moderate doses, even spikes during instances of stress are a mostly harmless part...

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