Goodnight. Sleep Clean.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 · Posted by Maria Konnikova, New York Times
Sleep, it turns out, may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.
Neuron regeneration may help sufferers of brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease
Thursday, December 19, 2013 · Posted by Penn State University
Researchers at Penn State have developed an innovative technology to regenerate functional neurons after brain injury and also in model systems used for research on Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists have used supporting cells of the central nervous system, glial cells, to regenerate healthy, functional neurons, which are critical for transmitting signals in the brain.
Anti-epilepsy drugs can cause inflammations
Thursday, December 19, 2013 · Posted by Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Physicians at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have been investigating if established anti-epilepsy drugs have anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory properties – an effect for which these pharmaceutical agents are not usually tested. One of the substances tested caused stronger inflammations, while another one inhibited them. As inflammatory reactions in the brain may be the underlying cause for epileptic disorders, it is vital to take the trigger for the disorder under consideration when selecting drugs for treatment, as the researchers concluded.
Keeping it Local: Protecting the Brain Starts at the Synapse
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 · Posted by University of California, San Francisco
New research by UC San Francisco scientists shows that one of the brain’s fundamental self-protection mechanisms depends on coordinated, finely calibrated teamwork among neurons and non-neural cells knows as glial cells, which until fairly recently were thought to be mere support cells for neurons.
After brain injury, new astrocytes play unexpected role in healing
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 · Posted by Duke University Medical Center
The production of a certain kind of brain cell that had been considered an impediment to healing may actually be needed to staunch bleeding and promote repair after a stroke or head trauma, researchers at Duke Medicine report.
New form of brain plasticity: Study shows how social isolation disrupts myelin production
Monday, November 12, 2012 · Posted by University of Buffalo