Findings support the current theory that sleep may be involved in the regulation of metabolic waste clearance and highlights the link between sleep and fluid flow in the human brain.
According to a new study, omega 3 polyunsaturates fatty acids can improve the function of the glymphatic system.
During wakeful periods, the glymphatic system diverts cerebrospinal fluid to lymph nodes in the neck. The CSF may act as a "fluid clock" that helps initiate the body's infection-fighting capabilities during the day. Astrocytes in the suprachiasmatic nucleus may serve to control CSF through the central nervous system. Communication between astrocytes in different brain regions may optimize the glymphatic system's function as we sleep.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation reversed neuromyelitis optica. Five years following transplantation, only 2 of twelve patients had relapsed.
Study identifies a pathway involving astrocytes that help explain why some with multiple sclerosis experience seizures.