Same neurons at work in sleep and under anesthesia
Drugs boost activity in nerve cells that usually induce a slumber
By Laura Sanders, 13:53 PM October 25, 2012
Anesthesiologists aren’t totally lying when they say they’re going to put you to sleep. Some anesthetics directly tap into sleep-promoting neurons in the brain, a study in mice reveals.
The results may help clarify how drugs that have been used around the world for decades actually put someone under. “It’s kind of shocking that after 170 years, we still don’t understand why they work,” says study coauthor Max Kelz of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Most neurons in the brain...
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