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A new role for sodium in the brain

Findings identify a novel pharmacological target for drug development
Tue, 2013-08-20 11:52

Researchers at McGill University have found that sodium – the main chemical component in table salt – is a unique “on/off” switch for a major neurotransmitter receptor in the brain. This receptor, known as the kainate receptor, is fundamental for normal brain function and is implicated in numerous diseases, such as epilepsy and neuropathic pain.

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