How the brain cleans itself
Every organ produces waste, and the brain is no exception. But unlike the rest of our body, it doesn't have a lymphatic system, a network of vessels that filter out junk. Now, a new study of mouse brains suggests how ours handle waste: by rapidly pumping fluid along the outside of blood vessels, literally flushing waste away. The findings could hint at how diseases like Alzheimer's develop and might be treated.
Fluids coursing through the nervous system could help clear the brain of toxic detritus that leads to Alzheimer's and Huntington's disorders.
Thu 16 Aug 12 from Nature News
Every organ produces waste, and the brain is no exception. But unlike the rest of our body, it doesn't have a lymphatic system, a network of vessels that filter out junk. Now, a new study of ...
Wed 15 Aug 12 from Wired Science
A waste-removal system has been identified in the brain of rodents. A similar system in humans could play a key role in the onset of neurodegenerative disease
Wed 15 Aug 12 from Newscientist
A previously unrecognized system that drains waste from the brain at a rapid clip has been discovered by neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The findings were published ...
Wed 15 Aug 12 from Medical Xpress
Specialized cells host a hitherto unknown cleansing system
Wed 15 Aug 12 from ScienceNews
Talk about brainwashing—a newfound plumbing system likely helps our brain empty its waste, a new study says.
Thu 16 Aug 12 from National Geographic
Your brain needs to clean itself. Not because it's cluttered with inane thoughts or clogged by your filthy sense of humor, but because—like ...
Thu 16 Aug 12 from Gizmodo
ROSCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. neuroscientists say they've discovered a previously unrecognized system that drains waste products from the brain at a rapid rate.
Thu 16 Aug 12 from UPI
Newer Imaging Technique Brings ‘Glymphatic System’ to Light
Wed 15 Aug 12 from HealthCanal
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) — The brain has a cleaning system that drains away waste products, a new study involving mice suggests. Using advanced imaging technology, researchers ...
Wed 15 Aug 12 from Health News