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Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

A protective molecular tag on neurons can prevent microglia, the brain’s immune cells, from trimming away their connections with other neurons.

Genes that are expressed at higher levels in men’s brains than in women’s also tend to be enriched in the brains of people with autism.

Researchers found blocking immune cells in the brain can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The formation of microglia or immune cells in the brain lead to memory problems present in Alzheimer’s patients. The findings add to the growing evidence that brain inflammation is a hallmark of the disease.

from Mail Online

Immune cells thought to trigger dementia actually PROTECT against it

5.19.16 -A specific type of immune cell, called microglia (green) can help contain amyloid plaques (magenta), the key hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, thus limiting their damage to surrounding brain cells

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76 Seconds In The Brain Of Someone With ADD

76 Seconds In The Brain Of Someone With ADD. This is a funny, if somewhat profane, example of ADD/ASD/ADHD. I'm sure most will find it funny, but, if you have ADD or deal with a child with ADD/ADHD the humor is less interesting and the mirth stands out.