Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Feb19

Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?

In Brief In recent years, researchers have confirmed a surprising link between Alzheimer’s disease and the herpes simplex virus. The finding led a team at Tufts University to create a 3-D model that mimics similar components of the human brain and shows a possible causal relationship between the herpes simplex virus and sporadic Alzheimer’s. The inventors believe the model can be used to better understand the devastating disease and...

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From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain
Jan13

From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain

In Brief 90% of the U.S population is exposed to high levels of air pollution. Some researchers are studying how synthetic chemicals found in common household items enter the ocean and spread throughout the food web. For example, they’ve found pollutants in tissue samples taken from seabirds. One pollutant, diesel exhaust (DE), can spread throughout internal organs, including the brain, through inhalation and circulation. The...

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A Clean Sweep: How Sleep Refreshes the Brain
Feb21

A Clean Sweep: How Sleep Refreshes the Brain

We’re always told to get our eight hours of sleep to stay healthy, but how important is it? Recent studies by researchers at UC Irvine suggest that getting good deep sleep may help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s.

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