Possible Culprit of Fibromyalgia Found: Microglial Activation

This combined MR/PET image highlights areas of the brain in which patients with fibromyalgia were found to have increased glial activation, compared with unaffected control volunteers. Credit: Marco Loggia, PhD, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital). A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers – collaborating with a team at the Karolinska InstitutetContinue reading “Possible Culprit of Fibromyalgia Found: Microglial Activation”

The Brain’s Immune Cells are to Blame for Obesity-associated Cognitive Decline

Obesity leads to cognitive impairment by activating microglial cells, which consume otherwise functional synapses in the hippocampus, according to a study of male mice published in JNeurosci. The research suggests that microglia may be a potential therapeutic target for one of the lesser known effects of this global health epidemic on the brain. Nearly twoContinue reading “The Brain’s Immune Cells are to Blame for Obesity-associated Cognitive Decline”