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How to (Literally) Clean Your Brain

What the past decade of glymphatic research tells us about sleep and its important implications for brain health

The brain: whether you give it credit or not, the soft gelatinous mass floating in your skull is responsible for life as you know it. At this moment, your brain is simultaneously maintaining your breathing and heart rate, while turning these black squiggles on a screen into coherent words and thoughts.

The brain is a workhorse and a hungry one at that. While accounting for approximately 2% of the average adult's weight, it accounts for 20% of its energy consumption, more than any other organ.

Go ahead and give your brain a mental compliment and then think about how meta that was. Fascinated yet? You're not alone. Neuroscience research is booming.

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People Born Blind Are Mysteriously Protected From Schizophrenia

The possible explanations could help us better understand the condition.

It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about - an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Over the past 60-some years, scientists around the world have been writing about this mystery. They've analyzed past studies, combed the wards of psychiatric hospitals, and looked through agencies that treat blind people, trying to find a case.

As time goes on, larger data sets have emerged: In 2018, a study led by a researcher named Vera Morgan at the University of Western Australia looked at nearly half a million children born between 1980 and 2001 and strengthened this negative association. Pollak, a psychiatrist and researcher at King's College London, remembered checking in the mental health facility where he works after learning about it; he too was unable to find a single patient with congenital blindness who had schizophrenia.

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After the Honeymoon Ends: Making Corporate-Startup Relationships Work

Accelerating market forces are pressuring even well-established companies to innovate and tap new markets in order to stay ahead of the competition. While many corporates have been content to pursue internal, incremental change in response to global competition and disruptive technologies, others have boosted their innovation engines by collaborating with startups. These relationships give corporates access to startups' creativity, new ways of working, and proficiency with new technologies. In return, startups gain access to corporates' markets, customers, and industry expertise - and the reputational boost of working with major industry players.

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