Good For Thought: Gut Bacteria May Influence How The Mind Works, Affecting Mood And Behavior

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,” which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain structure, possibly influencing our moods, behavior, and mental health, such as the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Leer Más




New Map Of Brain Connections Is Most Detailed Ever Produced

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Researchers seeking to unlock the secrets of how the brain works have created the largest and most detailed map of connections between brain cells ever produced. Though the resulting images may look like a Jackson Pollock painting, they actually reveal the neurological activity of a live mouse as it responds to visual stimuli, providing key insights into the ways in which different brain cells interact with one another as they encode information. Leer Más


Could a curry treat TB? Chemical in turmeric ‘stimulates the immune system to fight drug-resistant strain’

 

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  • Concers have been raised over rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB)
  • The potent disease is caused by a bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • It spreads in the same way as regular TB, and has the same effect
  • Scientists now found a compound in turmeric fights drug-resistant strain
  • Curcumin is the chemical that gives the spice it’s distinctive color
  • It stimulates white blood cells in the immune system to kill off bacteria 

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