When you think of brain cells, you probably think of neurons. That's perfectly understandable. Discussions of the brain almost always focus on neurons. But there is another family of brain cells, (glial cells) that, by some estimates, outnumber neurons by 10 to 1!. Even if the the percentage is more like 50/50, that's a lot of cells - billions!
Based on what I have read, I have a sneaking suspicion that glial cells are in charge of the brain! Yup. Neurons are the work horses, but glial cells hold the reins. In this episode, I discuss the mysteries of glial cells with Dr. Jeff Darling. We discuss the four basic types of glial cells and what they do - and why I think they are running the show.
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