Electrical Impulses Foster Insulation of Brain Cells, Speeding Communications

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Communication Among Brain Cells

Electrical impulses foster myelination, the insulation process that speeds communication among brain cells, report researchers at two institutes of the National Institutes of Health.


"This finding provides important information that may lead to a greater understanding of disorders such as multiple sclerosis that affect myelin, as well as a greater understanding of the learning process," said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the NICHD.

The study appears in the March 16 Neuron and was conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Cancer Institute.