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Tag: brain aging

March 10, 2020
Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia have demonstrated in a new study that visceral fat is harmful to the brain because it allows the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 beta to heavily infiltrate the brain [1]. It is well established that excessive amounts of visceral fat tissue is detrimental to health in the long term. Excessive...
January 20, 2020
Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a new screening platform that has allowed them to identify a new set of compounds that appear to have a potent protective effect on the mitochondria of brain cells, helping these cells to defend against the kinds of stresses encountered during Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Improved screening...
January 13, 2020
You know the story, and it happens to us all eventually: the older we get, the harder our brains find it to learn and remember new things. There are likely to be a myriad of reasons why the brain gets increasingly worse as we age, but these reasons are still poorly understood. Like the old...
November 06, 2019
A new paper explores adjusting the types of bacteria in the gut as a potential way to improve health in older people. The microbiome The gut microbiome is a fascinating and diverse ecosystem filled with a myriad of bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, and viruses that interact with each other and our bodies in diverse and...
July 05, 2019
As published in a recent study, researchers have discovered that neural stem cells are impeded by the invasion of T cells, immune cells that are not normally present in the neural stem cell niche [1]. The neural stem cell niches Our brains contain neural stem cells (NSCs); like their name suggests, these cells are responsible...
April 30, 2019
Researchers have tested nicotinamide mononucleotide on aged mice to see if it can help reverse age-related cognitive decline by improving blood flow in the brain. The brain is a hungry organ Healthy brain function relies on efficient cerebral blood flow (CBF) to wash away harmful waste products for disposal and supply the brain with an...