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Researchers led by VIB-KU Leuven discover a population of specialized brain-resident white blood cells in the mouse and human brain, and show that the presence of these lymphocytic cells is essential for normal brain development in mice. The team states these results contribute towards the increasing recognition of the role of circulating immune cells in the brain and their involvement in a range of neurological diseases.

New role for white blood cells in the developing brain.

Our onboard computer, the brain, is a sterile environment separated from the immune system by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is why it has its own resident immune cells, known … Continue Reading New role for white blood cells in the developing brain.

a study from researchers led by the University of Utah controls the choices macaque monkeys made when presented with visual stimuli using non-invasive pulses of ultrasound waves on specific brain regions. The team states their findings indicate ultrasonic-based neuromodulation could provide a non-invasive, drug-free option to possibly study and treat decision-making disorders such as addiction, binge-eating, and compulsive behaviors.

Noninvasive, fully-reversible ultrasonic brain stimulation controls monkeys choices.

Seen as a potential breakthrough for many psychiatric illnesses, neuromodulation devices stimulate brain networks to regulate aberrant neural pathways, proffering a more natural and efficacious option for patients. Much excitement … Continue Reading Noninvasive, fully-reversible ultrasonic brain stimulation controls monkeys choices.

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