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Brain 'cleans' itself of toxins during sleep

from Environmental News Service

Sleep clears the brain of toxins that have accumulated in the body during waking hours, American scientists have demonstrated for the first time. The results suggest a new role for sleep in health and disease. Using mice, researchers showed that the space between brain cells can increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out damaging molecules associated with neurodegeneration such as Alzheimer’s disease that build up during waking hours. more

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