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.
Signal found to enhance survival of new brain cells
Monday, November 11, 2013 · Posted by Johns Hopkins Medicine
A specialized type of brain cell that tamps down stem cell activity ironically, perhaps, encourages the survival of the stem cells’ progeny, Johns Hopkins researchers report. Understanding how these new brain cells “decide” whether to live or die and how to behave is of special interest because changes in their activity are linked to neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers identify way to increase gene therapy success
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 · Posted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Scientists in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found a way to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to using viruses to deliver therapeutic genes: how to keep the immune system from neutralizing the virus before it can deliver its genetic payload.
Rare Childhood Disease May Hold Clues to Treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Sunday, October 27, 2013 · Posted by Rutgers University
Scientists at Rutgers University studying the cause of a rare childhood disease that leaves children unable to walk by adolescence say new findings may provide clues to understanding more common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and developing better tools to treat them.
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.