Latest research on the brain
The latest news for the brain involves mapping its cells. A group of Harvard researchers has mapped out the cells and connections in a tiny piece of brain tissue. According to NBC News, the sample mapped was only half the size of a sesame seed, but it contained over 50,000 cells and 130 million connectors called axons.
The map the team developed is organized using a rainbow of colors, is interactive, and available online. The data that this project has produced is helping researchers further understand memory and skill strengthening. The head scientist, Dr. Jeff Lichtman, predicts that multiple axon connections made to a single neuron indicate a memory strengthened through practice.
The brain is a complex organ that controls your entire body, so it is essential to take the best care possible. Eating healthy and exercising your brain and body is the best way to prevent brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, but there is still so much to learn. Doctors and scientists are still deciphering the mind, but we can still spread awareness about our most complicated organ.