Public Release: 17-Oct-2013
Brain may flush out toxins during sleep
Using mice, researchers showed for the first time that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours. These results suggest a new role for sleep in health and disease. The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the NIH.
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