A new research suggests that the cure for Alzheimer’s can be found in something as simple as boosting the brain’s own immune system.
A team of neuroscientists at Stanford University, California (USA) have discovered that the key to preserving normal brain function and preventing the onset of neuro-degeneration may not lie with the nerve cells of the brain as many have thought until now. Rather, it may center on keeping immune-like cells in the brain functioning at top speeds.
These specialized brain cells called microglia act like patrolling sentries that monitor their environment for suspicious activities and serving a number of vital functions, including neutralizing toxic debris and healing inflammation before it gets out of hand. They even neutralize invading bacteria and viruses before they can get a foothold.