Thursday, March 17, 2016

Brain-Immune Link, 2

The discovery of Immune System lymphatic vessels in the brain—by researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine—raises questions that now need answers, both about the workings of the brain, the diseases that plague it, and the link between the brain and the immune system. Jonathan Kipnis, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia, said, “In Alzheimer’s, there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain. We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels.” And there is an array of other neurological diseases, from autism to multiple sclerosis to be reconsidered in light of the presence of something science did not know about or even believe existed. Watch for more discoveries about PNI (psychoneuroimmunology) and the close brain-body connection.

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