My latest science writing for COSMOS
2018 is off to a great start, which has included an opportunity to cover some cool science news stories for COSMOS Magazine.
Suffice to say, I know A LOT more about brain structure and myelin than I did a few months ago, and I’m very glad about that! I never cease to be amazed by things I get to learn on a daily basis.
Here are a few of the stories, so far…
New research shows that increased electrical activity in an individual neuron leads to a thicker myelin coating around its axon, which can help speed up the transmission of neural signals
Just 30 days of over-eating can trigger profound changes to the immune and cardiovascular system, leading to early signs of inflammation and heart disease
Researchers have discovered that sharp, needle-like crystals of cholesterol prevents myelin repair following a multiple sclerosis flare-up, thereby contributing to progression of the disease