weekly blog--one for the ages
In neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, a specific group of neurons start to die one by one, causing movement problems and other symptoms. Now it turns out they might not even be dead. Researchers at The Rockefeller University found that affected neurons in Parkinson’s disease can shut down without fully dying.
These undead neurons, the team found, release chemicals that shut down their otherwise healthy neighbors as well, leading to the stuttering and halting effects seen in Parkinson’s patients. The findings suggest that future drugs aimed at halting this cell-inactivation process may help prevent the disease or slow its progression.
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Inflammation is the process your body uses to provide the healing chemicals and nutrients needed to help repair the damage. Once the danger goes away, so does the inflammation. Inflammation comes to two varieties, acute and chronic. A low-grade fever or swelling from a sprained ankle are examples of the acute type. Chronic inflammation is a slow, creeping condition caused by a misfiring of the immune system that keeps your body in a constant, long-term state of high alert.
Over time, inflammation damages healthy cells. It can be complicated to figure out if inflammation is a friend or foe. Regardless, getting older makes it more difficult for our bodies to properly manage our immune systems, extract nutrients from food and to shed extra pounds.