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Root of Thought, The: Unlocking Glia the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease (papeback)

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Root of Thought, The: Unlocking Glia the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease (papeback)


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Discover the other 90% of your brain and how it may hold the key to everything from intelligence to curing Alzheimer's!

  • From fruit flies to Einstein: the amazing role of glial cells in thinking, dreaming, and the health of your brain.
  • Glial cells as "adult stem cells": how they keep your brain growing and adapting throughout your life.
  • Breakthrough ideas that may lead to treatments for brain cancer, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's disease, and more.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2009
    • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
    • Pages: 192
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-438303-6
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-438303-3

    Until recently, neuroscientists thought glial cells did little more than hold your brain together. But in the past few years, they've discovered that glial cells are extraordinarily important. In fact, they may hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries and perhaps even curing fatal conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's Disease. In The Root of Thought, leading neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Koob reveals what we've learned about these remarkable cells, from their unexpected role in information storage to their function as adult stem cells that can keep your brain growing and adapting longer than scientists ever imagined possible. Ranging from fruit flies to Einstein, Koob reveals the surprising correlation between intelligence and the brain's percentage of glial cells - and why these cells' unique wavelike communications may be especially conducive to the fluid information processing human beings depend upon. You'll learn how crucial glial cells grow and develop... why almost all brain tumors are comprised of glial cells and the potential implications for treatment... even the apparent role of glial cells in your every thought and dream!

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    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Cities and Highways     1

    Chapter 2: Dust Settles on the Battlefield     5

    Chapter 3: I Sing the Body Electric     15

    Chapter 4: Meet the Astrocyte     29

    Chapter 5: Riding the Calcium Wave     41

    Chapter 6: Hey Neuron, It’s Me, Glia        55

    Chapter 7: Developing Relationships     65

    Chapter 8: The Time Machine     77

    Chapter 9: Sing a New Song     89

    Chapter 10: Albert Einstein’s Abundant Astrocytes     99

    Chapter 11: I Dream of Glia     111

    Chapter 12: Gliadegenerative Disease     121

    Chapter 13: Don’t Insult Me     133

    Chapter 14: The Seething Breeding Glioma     145

    Chapter 15: Cities and Highways Revisited     155

    Acknowledgments     159

    About the Author     161

    Index     163


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