Washington: Previous studies have shown that children who suffer severe neglect and social isolation have cognitive and social impairments as adults.Now, research from Boston Children’s Hospital has revealed, for the first time, how these functional impairments arise.Social isolation during early life prevents the cells that make up the brain’s white matter from maturing and producing the right amount of myelin, the fatty “insulation” on nerve fibers that helps them transmit long-distance messages within the brain, the study found.It also identifies a molecular pathway that is involved in these abnormalities, showing it is disrupted by social isolation and suggesting it could potentially be targeted with drugs. Finally, the research indicates that the timing of social deprivation is an important factor in causing impairment.The researchers, led by Gabriel Corfas, PhD, and Manabu Makinodan, MD, PhD, both of the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, modeled social deprivation in mice by putting them in isolation for two weeks.
Communal riots in Saharanpur fixed?
Glasgow: India`s golden girls shine at CWG
Petrol prices expected to fall by July 31
Delhi auto drivers on a day long strike against Delhi Police