Comment: Until we know all brain pathways and communication methods and how they interact we will always be ‘a brain too far’ in diagnosing brain disorders.

As the brain is subjected to an ever increasing bounty of testing and scrutiny it is becoming increasingly clear that many of the brain structures and process theories we hold to, are incomplete.

When it comes to biological understanding of any organ, an incomplete understanding is verging on no understanding.

The brain is the most complex organ we know of, an incomplete understanding here has no more prediction or diagnosing power than a informed guess.

But, the future does look bright.


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The supportive cells are vital in cognitive function When you’re expecting something — like the meal you’ve ordered at a restaurant — or when something captures your interest, unique electrical rhythms sweep through your brain. These waves are called gamma oscillations and they reflect a symphony of cells — both excitatory and inhibitory — playing together in an orchestrated way. Though their role has been debated, gamma waves have been associated with higher-level brain function, and disturbances in the patterns have been tied to schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epilepsy and other disorders. Now, new research from the Salk Institute shows that little known supportive cells in the brain known as astrocytes may in fact be major players that control these waves.

Full Article: Memory relies on astrocytes, the brain's lesser known cells |