Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. A new study indicates there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking - a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent.
Researchers report that low blood and oxygen flow to the developing brain does not, as previously thought, cause an irreversible loss of brain cells, but rather disrupts the cells’ ability to fully mature.
Mutations of a gene associated with some forms of autism in humans can hinder the correct growth and connectivity of neurons in mice. This understanding allowed researchers to restore proper neuronal growth in the mice.