Can flashing lights treat Alzheimer’s disease?

Using flashing lights as an Alzheimer's disease treatment may be one step closer to reality, thanks to new research with mice.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease brains light health-and-medicine microglia

Radiation sends brain into overdrive to clip nerve connections

Radiation for brain cancer can kickstart an immune system response that severs connections between nerve cells, research in mice shows.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cancer brains radiation health-and-medicine immune-systems microglia

Immune cells repair our brains while we sleep

"...the signals in our brain that modulate the sleep and awake state also act as a switch that turns the immune system off and on."

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: autism dementia schizophrenia brains health-and-medicine immune-systems microglia

Without microglia, mouse brains don’t form Alzheimer’s plaques

When researchers removed immune cells called microglia from mice with Alzheimer's, the disease's telltale plaques never formed.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
Aug. 26, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease brains health-and-medicine immune-systems microglia

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