The brain is made up of nerve cells and supporting cells. As shown here, nerve cells are connected in a large network. One type of supporting cells, astrocytes, has been shown to be able to control how nerve cells send their signals. But, it could be that the astrocytes also can send signals and communicate among themselves!

How do dementia diseases affect our brains?

“We must understand the ageing process itself in order to help people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and to possibly enable us to prevent these diseases from arising”, says Henrik Ahlenius of the Stem Cell Centre at Lund University. His aim is to develop an experimental model for human nerve cell ageing that enables the researchers to understand why a disease is triggered....

The mother’s lifestyle plays a role in early pregnancy, as well as before and during the actual conception

Live healthily – for the sake of your future children

Our health in later life is shaped not only by the way we live, what our childhood was like or our time in our mothers’ wombs. Even our parents’ health and lifestyle at the time of our conception may affect our health. Peter M Nilsson, professor of clinical cardiovascular research at Lund University, is calling for a major investment in health and lifestyle advice for...

Living with Parkinson’s – a challenge in everyday life

Parkinson’s disease, a condition whose complications worsen as the years go by, can mean that getting older becomes particularly challenging. How can life be made easier for these individuals, so that they can continue to be active and participate in society? This is the aim of a multi-year study that examines the interplay between health and home among people ageing with Parkinson’s disease. Text: Catrin...