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The Many Emerging Roles of Astrocytes

Astrocytes, the star-shaped glial cells in the brain, were long believed to play only supportive roles to the electrically active neurons involved in information processing in the brain. The past few decades, however, have seen an explosion of interest in and research on these cells. Scientists have unearthed an increasing number of functions for astrocytes [...]
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New Method Offers Automated Way To Record Electrical Activity Inside Neurons In The Living Brain

Health : Medical News Today (2 years ago)

Gaining access to the inner workings of a neuron in the living brain offers a wealth of useful information: its patterns of electrical activity, its shape, even a profile of which genes are turned on at a given moment. However, achi... Read Post

Study Finds A New Culprit For Epileptic Seizures - Discovery That Some Seizures Arise In Glial Cells Could Offer New Targets For Epilepsy Treatment.

Health : Medical News Today (last year)

Epileptic seizures occur when neurons in the brain become excessively active. However, a new study from MIT neuroscientists suggests that some seizures may originate in non-neuronal cells known as glia, which were long believed to p... Read Post

Astrocytes Appear To Play An Important Role In Brain Tumors

Health : Medical News Today (3 years ago)

A special group of glial cells which have the form of stars and are therefore called astroglial cells or astrocytes, seem to play a crucial role in brain tumor development and dissemination. This was pointed out by Dr. Florian Siebz... Read Post


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