Week 18 (2017)

Unlocking the barrier: Surprising role of omega-3 fatty acids in keeping the blood-brain barrier closed

Summary: Already extolled for their health benefits as a food compound, omega-3 fatty acids now appear to also play a critical role in preserving the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the central nervous system from blood-borne bacteria, toxins and other pathogens, according to new research.
Interest Group: Brain
Research Organization: Harvard Medical School
Journal Article: Neuron Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability Is Regulated by Lipid Transport-Dependent Suppression of Caveolae-Mediated Transcytosis.
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ID: HN1585-009

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Benefits of antipsychotics outweigh risks, find experts

Summary: An international group of experts has concluded that, for patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, antipsychotic medications do not have negative long-term effects on patients’ outcomes or the brain.
Interest Group: Brain
Research Organization: Columbia University Medical Center
Journal Article: American Journal of Psychiatry The Long-Term Effects of Antipsychotic Medication on Clinical Course in Schizophrenia.
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ID: HN1585-011
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