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Stanford Study Reveals An Immune Driver For Brain Aging

Stanford Medicine researchers have discovered findings in aged mice and human cell cultures apply to real humans, they can predict the recovery of the psychological capacity of the pharmaceutical managed recovery of older people’s mental abilities.

In a study that will be published today in Nature, the investigators pin the blame on a set of immune cells called myeloid cells by Katrin Andreasson, MD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences. 

Myeloid cells, which are found in the brain, are circulatory systems and the body’s peripheral tissues, work as a soldier and the other part as a park ranger. If they are not warding off infections, they keep busy cleaning up debris, such as dead cells and clumps of aggregated proteins; provide nutrient snacks to other cells; and serve as sentinels watching for signs of invading pathogens.

But as we age, myeloid cells begin neglecting their normal, health-protecting functions and adopting an agenda of endless warfare with a nonexistent enemy, inflicting collateral damage to innocent tissues in the process.

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