Harnessing the brain's immune cells to stave off Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases

By Kristine Zengeler

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Future studies will be necessary to see whether creating a super microglia cleanup crew to treat neurodegenerative diseases is beneficial in people. 

Let's see how these studies progress.

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Getting enough sleep (~8hrs) is the best defense against Alzheimer's. The cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) cleanses the toxins, amyloid plaque and other gunk from the brain during deep sleep, just as this microglia does.

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The study of microglia and related cells has been focused until now on cancer or acuse brain damage, but results like the ones presented on this article are making research groups very optimistic about what they could find against degenerative diseases as well.

Hopefully something clinically significant will be found soon, there is urgent need for something that can help against Alzheimer, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.

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Research has suggested that patients who died of severe cases of Covid 19 also have brain abnormalities that resemble changes seen in Alzheimers disease. Mores studies are needed but this also might be linked to long Covid where brain fog is an often noted symptom. Clearly, if this is true then the research reported in this article is even more significant in the future for treating long covid patients in addition to preventing Alzheimers in general.

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