October 17, 2013

Brain Opens up the Pipes During Sleep

Scientists watched dye flow through the glymphatic system, a brain “plumbing” system, of a mouse when it was asleep (left) and then, later, when it was awake (right). More dye flowed into the brain during sleep. Results from this study suggest the brain may flush out toxic molecules associated with neurodegenerative disorders during sleep.

Credit: Courtesy of Nedergaard Lab, University of Rochester Medical Center.

[ Read the Article: Sleep May Help Brain Flush Out Toxins ]

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