Hi everyone... It's been awhile since my last post... that is mostly due to my health issues and also to this crazy virus business. I am working on a number of future blog posts, and will try to get back to a somewhat sane publishing schedule here shortly. I may have more to say about this in an upcoming post, but I just wanted to let all my readers know that I'm still here and continuing Deep Brain Thoughts! So thank you all for your patience and bearing with me through these times! :)
Link between diesel exhaust and risk of Parkinson’s discovered
Researchers have uncovered the process by which air pollution can damage brain cells, leading to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Chemicals found in diesel fuel reduced autophagic flux, which is a major pathway implicated in neurodegeneration.
A new UCLA study in zebrafish has identified the process by which air pollution can damage brain cells, potentially contributing to Parkinson’s disease.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Toxicological Sciences, the findings show that chemicals in diesel exhaust can trigger the toxic buildup of a protein in the brain called alpha-synuclein, which is commonly seen in people with the disease...