Category archives: Neuroscience

How to treat Parkinson’s with astrocytes

How to treat Parkinson’s with astrocytes

MedicineNeuroscience

By Rosa García-Verdugo

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by neuronal loss in the brain’s substantia nigra region. What if another cell type, namely, astrocytes, could replace them? The work of two research groups recently published Zhou, H. et al. Cell 181, 590–603.e16 (2020). shows that, at least in mice, transforming astrocytes (a non-neuronal cell type in the brain) into […]

A microscopy method to look at amyloid protein structure

A microscopy method to look at amyloid protein structure

NeurobiologyNeuroscience

By Rosa García-Verdugo

Amyloid plaques are a hallmark of some neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Even though the exact role of amyloid protein in the disease is not clear, being able to follow amyloid protein misfolding and plaque formation could be a step forward for the study of the disease. Now, Matthew Lew’s lab has developed a […]

Glutein-free and casein-free diet in autism

Glutein-free and casein-free diet in autism

HealthNeurobiologyNeuroscience

By José Ramón Alonso

Families with members with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are easy prey for scam artists who offer them magical solutions and therapies not backed by science. Many of these pseudotherapies are included in the so-called alternative medicine, a misnomer because they are not medical treatments and do not meet the same criteria required of a medicine: […]

One sense less, one more equation

One sense less, one more equation

Neuroscience

By Invited Researcher

The cerebral cortex is a limited resource. Evolution has employed some impressive tricks to increase the amount of cortex available, such as folding it, therefore getting more surface in the same volume, or putting different things in the left and right hemisphere instead of duplicating them, thus enlarging its capacity to accommodate specific functions such […]