Medical Xpress: Star-like cells may help the brain tune breathing rhythms

| Posted in Brain Education, Brain Health, Brain Research

Traditionally, scientists thought that star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes were steady, quiet supporters of their talkative, wire-like neighbors, called neurons. Now, an NIH study suggests that astrocytes may also have their say. It showed that silencing astrocytes in the brain’s breathing center caused rats to breathe at a lower rate and tire out on a treadmill earlier than normal. (February 7, 2018)

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