Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean


    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/brain-waste-cleaning/
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    Aug 22, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    That's pretty groundbreaking, really. To think... by the time I have Alzheimer's , there may be a cure! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 22, 2012 12:20 PM GMT
    Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean

    This is good, because I already know how to get my brain trashed -

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    Aug 22, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    But, I like my Dirty Mind... icon_twisted.gif!
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    Does this mean I can think all the dirty thoughts I wanna think, and the brain will automatically clean them up so I can still go to heaven?
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    I wish the article had touched more on the reduced flow being linked to Alzheimer's risk. Is reduced flow a result of fewer channels for cerebrospinal fluid? Or doesn't something else cause it? As it'd be quiet awful to be born with less capacity, meaning you would/could know well in advance, "Oh your brain will start to stutter and you'll psychologically regress starting around age 61."
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    Aug 22, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    This was an awesome read. I really do hope they find a cure for Alzheimer's disease by the time I get old. My mother died from it a year ago and it really scares me if one day I might get it.
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    RunintheCity saidI wish the article had touched more on the reduced flow being linked to Alzheimer's risk. Is reduced flow a result of fewer channels for cerebrospinal fluid? Or doesn't something else cause it? As it'd be quiet awful to be born with less capacity, meaning you would/could know well in advance, "Oh your brain will start to stutter and you'll psychologically regress starting around age 61."
    If I "knew" that my brain would start slipping into Alzheimer's at age 61, I'd probably take myself out at 60.
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Hooray for brain research... maybe I can have a brain like a real boy!
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Thanks for the link metta. Our lab recently made the discovery (in which I'm a coauthor) that sensory experience and bodily interactions with the environment have profound impact in these immune cells in the brain. These cells really have extremely important roles in the removal of deadly debris and toxic wastes in the CNS, so it's nice to see that these studies are coming out, and people are paying attention to them. Glial cell studies have been really hot in the past several years, but we know so little about them.
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    Aug 23, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Good news on the research.

    David4985 saidThis was an awesome read. I really do hope they find a cure for Alzheimer's disease by the time I get old. My mother died from it a year ago and it really scares me if one day I might get it.


    Hi, my condolence on your mom. I lost mine too of it but later in life if my presumption is correct that by your age that your mom had not just Alzheimer's but Early Onset. That is a particularly tough situation and especially difficult for you to consider at your young age. Yet how can you not?

    If it is any consolation, I've spoken directly with the director of the largest Alzheimer's research institute in the country if not in the world who expressed confidence that within 10 years this disease should be at least controllable such that we'd all live normal life spans in good condition. I'm not going to believe it until I see it but certainly there's much more hope on the horizon than there was while I watched it kill my mom.

    Best of luck to you and to all of us.
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    JR_RJ saidHooray for brain research... maybe I can have a brain like a real boy!
    No you won't. It's proven science that you can't be attractive and smart at the same time.

    You're gonna have to give up your sexiness if you want a brain.
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    Sep 09, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    CityRiver saidThanks for the link metta. Our lab recently made the discovery (in which I'm a coauthor) that sensory experience and bodily interactions with the environment have profound impact in these immune cells in the brain. These cells really have extremely important roles in the removal of deadly debris and toxic wastes in the CNS, so it's nice to see that these studies are coming out, and people are paying attention to them. Glial cell studies have been really hot in the past several years, but we know so little about them.


    Has this been printed yet? Do you have any links to this? I would like to read more on it. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 09, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
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    CityRiver saidThanks for the link metta. Our lab recently made the discovery (in which I'm a coauthor) that sensory experience and bodily interactions with the environment have profound impact in these immune cells in the brain. These cells really have extremely important roles in the removal of deadly debris and toxic wastes in the CNS, so it's nice to see that these studies are coming out, and people are paying attention to them. Glial cell studies have been really hot in the past several years, but we know so little about them.


    Has this been printed yet? Do you have any links to this? I would like to read more on it. icon_smile.gif


    +1 Me too.
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    Sep 09, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
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    CityRiver saidThanks for the link metta. Our lab recently made the discovery (in which I'm a coauthor) that sensory experience and bodily interactions with the environment have profound impact in these immune cells in the brain. These cells really have extremely important roles in the removal of deadly debris and toxic wastes in the CNS, so it's nice to see that these studies are coming out, and people are paying attention to them. Glial cell studies have been really hot in the past several years, but we know so little about them.


    Has this been printed yet? Do you have any links to this? I would like to read more on it. icon_smile.gif

    We just submitted recently and it's being reviewed right now. Knowing the process, it probably won't be published any time soon. icon_sad.gif the review process is usually 2-3 months and most of the time the reviewers will request follow up studies, which takes another couple of months. But I'll keep you posted.