- Australian researchers have brought the world a step closer to curing brain fog
- Researchers have proven there is a physical reason for the nebulous condition
- Trials can now begin for treatments for the condition after pin-pointing a toxin
- The findings show 'brain fog' could take a huge toll on patients
- Long Covid isn't in the brain; a complex series of reactions is responsible
- Stimulated chemicals lead to nerve damage which can lead to brain fog
There are some drugs that are being developed and trialed on other diseases that can have an effect on this pathway. It gives us the opportunity to look at it much more carefully and perhaps explore other therapeutic options.
'These things (trialling cures) are always frustratingly slow but having a target, hopefully we'll be able to fast track this with the support of other researchers around the world...
In a St Vincent's study of 128 patients over 12 months researchers found the cognitive impacts of long Covid can last for longer than a year, and for some may even be permanent.
The study found one in five of the patients had cognitive issues which could be traced back to one particular pathway in the body.
When infected, the Kynurenine pathway – responsible for balances of energy, mood and the immune system – can raise the level of two chemicals to detrimental affect.
Infections to the system can potentially result in a rise in quinolinic acid and 3 Hydroxyanthranilic Acid.