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Articles with the topic: sodium

High-power brain scans reveal sodium changes in HD

High-power brain scans reveal sodium changes in HD

Dr James Cole on August 22, 2012

Using a new brain scanning technique for the first time in HD, researchers have found that people with Huntington's disease may have increased sodium levels in their brains. But what does increased sodium actually mean? Why do we have sodium in our brains at all - isn't it just salt? And why might a 'salty brain' be bad?