Missing link found between brain, immune system — with major disease implications June 2, 2015 | by Editor – See more at: http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/research-news/missing-link-found-between-brain-immune-system-major-disease-implications#sthash.wizReVsn.dpuf

Home » Healing » Missing link found between brain, immune system — with major disease implications June 2, 2015 | by Editor – See more at: http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/research-news/missing-link-found-between-brain-immune-system-major-disease-implications#sthash.wizReVsn.dpuf
The brain has its own cleansing system

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis. – See more at: http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/research-news/missing-link-found-between-brain-immune-system-major-disease-implications#sthash.wizReVsn.dpuf

Alzheimer’s, Autism, MS and Beyond The unexpected presence of the lymphatic vessels raises a tremendous number of questions that now need answers, both about the workings of the brain and the diseases that plague it. For example, take Alzheimer’s disease. “In Alzheimer’s, there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain,” Kipnis said. “We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels.” He noted that the vessels look different with age, so the role they play in aging is another avenue to explore. And there’s an enormous array of other neurological diseases, from autism to multiple sclerosis, that must be reconsidered in light of the presence of something science insisted did not exist. – See more at: http://www.neuroscientistnews.com/research-news/missing-link-found-between-brain-immune-system-major-disease-implications#sthash.wizReVsn.dpuf

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