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What should I know about memory loss?

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It's the stuff movies are made of: After a blow to the head, a person wanders aimlessly, unable to remember who he is or where he came from. While such sudden, profound loss of memory is rare, memory loss is a problem that affects most people, to a degree.

Whether it's occasional forgetfulness or loss of short-term memory that interferes with daily life, there are many causes of memory loss.

From: Memory Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

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