Newly discovered brain activity could indicate Alzheimer’s risk

Newly discovered brain activity could indicate Alzheimer’s risk

Penn State researchers have found that the signal of global brain activity is coupled to movement of cerebral spinal fluid in humans. It appears that the coupled movement cleans out the brain’s toxins as a person sleeps. The weaker the coupled movement, the higher the risk the person could develop Alzheimer’s disease. The signal can viewed via non-invasive brain imaging and could serve as a clinical marker to help in diagnosis.

Penn State College of Engineering