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Pinpointing the Cause of Numbness and Tingling
How neurologists approach the common problem of numbness and tingling.
Why Do I Get Numb Fingers?
The fingers and thumb can tingle for a variety of reasons, but to understand those reasons, it's important to understand the neuroanatomy of the hand.
Could Your Dizziness Be Due to a Medical Problem?
Dizziness is a common symptom which sometimes indicates a serious problem. How can you tell when your dizziness is serious?
Should You Worry About Spots on Your MRI?
Many people are alarmed to hear that their MRI shows several small spots, which they are told is associated with aging. What causes these spots and what do they mean? Are they dangerous? Learn more here.
6 Common Causes of Dizzy Spells
Vertigo is an illusionary sense of movement. When vertigo comes on suddenly, it can be uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous. Learn more about causes of vertigo here.
7 Ways to Recognize a Stroke (and What to Do...
Stroke is one of the most serious neurological illnesses, but many people never recognize what's happening in time to treat the problem. Learn how to tell if you're having a stroke.
Understanding Your MRI Results
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)is a tool frequently used by neurologists to take images of the brain and spinal cord. How can you best learn about how to interpret these images?
How to Tell if You Need to See a Neurologist
Neurology is the medical specialty that focuses on the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Neurologists deal with a large number of different problems. Do you need a neurologist?
Common Causes and Treatments for a Tremor
All of us have some degree of tremor. So how do we know when a tremor means something more? Learn what you should pay attention to in order to help your neurologist determine the cause of your tremor.
MRI or CT?
When they need to get a picture of the brain, why do doctors sometimes order a CT scan, and other times order an MRI? Which is best?
Benign Fasciculation Syndromes
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How a Radial Nerve Injury Can Cause Hand Numbness
The radial nerve is one of three nerves that supplies the hand, as well as several parts of the arm. Injury can lead to distinctive patterns of numbness and weakness. Learn more here.
Understanding Your CT Scan Results
CT scans are frequently ordered by neurologists and other doctors, especially in emergency situations. What do the images show, and how are they interpreted?
What "Brain Dead" Really Means and How To Spot It
There is more to a loss of consciousness than simply not being awake. States such as coma, persistent vegetative state, and normal sleep all involve a loss of consciousness, and all have different degrees of severity. Even in cases as severe as persistent vegetative state, there are rare cases of people awakening. Brain death is different. As the term suggests, in brain death there is no hope of recovery. Learn more here.
subacute combined degeneration, B12 deficiency,...
A low vitamin B12 level can cause changes in thinking, sensation, and even the ability to walk. Despite being frequently found in most diets, a low B12 level is not uncommon. Learn why here.
The Root of Neck and Back Pain
One of the most common problems in neurology is when a spinal nerve root is compressed, leading to pain, numbness, and sometimes weakness. To understand the problem, we first need to understand the anatomy of the spine.
When It's Not ALS: 6 Motor Neuron Diseases
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is part of a larger family of motor neuron diseases in which the nerves responsible for movement degenerate, leading to weakness and other problems. Learn more about these diseases here.
Conversion disorder, somatization, "all in your...
Psychosomatic disorders are frequently misunderstood. The term is used when a psychiatric problem such as depression, anxiety or other disturbance manifests itself as seemingly unrelated physical symptoms.
Cranial Nerves, vagus, hypoglossal, facial,...
The cranial nerves relay important information to and from the brain without going through the spine. Diseases of the cranial nerve cause very distinctive symptoms.
8 Unusual Reasons for Dizziness
If you're suffering from acute attacks of dizziness and the most common problems have been ruled out, there are more places to look.
How to Understand Your EMG and NCS Results
Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCSs) are tools that help neurologists locate and find the cause of diseases of muscle and peripheral nerves.
Autonomic Nervous System, Dysautonomia
The autonomic nervous system controls vital functions like blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, sweating, and other things beyond our direct conscious control.
What to Do if You're Chronically Dizzy
Chronic subjective dizziness is a common and treatable cause of disequilibrium. Treatments include vestibular therapy, medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
What to Do When Migraines Make You Dizzy
Migraine can mimic almost any neurological problem, and among those is dizziness. People with migraine often complain of nausea and a sense of spinning. Learn more here.
7 Ways Parasites Can Infect Your Central...
Parasitic infections can invade practically any part of the body imagineable. Those that infect the nervous system are potentially the most damaging, and the most disturbing.
7 Dangerous Causes of Dizziness
What are the potentially life-threatening causes of dizziness?
Everything You Want to Know About Spinal Taps
Some common questions about lumbar punctures, or spinal taps, are addressed.
Your Introduction to Bell's Palsy
Bell's palsy involves the sudden weakness of half the face. It can mimic more serious diseases like stroke, but is itself not dangerous. Learn more here.
tremor, essential tremor, Parkinson's
When evaluating someone who has a tremor, neurologists attempt to put the tremor into one of several categories. Each category is associated with different disease types, and therefore also associated with different types of treatments. Everyone has some kind of tremor. What sort of tremor do you have?
Can Your Brain Grow Mold?
To be infected by a spore, mold or fungus has a uniquely nasty feeling about it. This is particularly the case when the fungus invades something as prized and private as our brains. Fungal infections of the central nervous system are not particularly common, but when such infections occur, the results can be devastating.
4 Unusual Causes of Chronic Dizziness
For many, dizziness doesn't come in spurts, but instead is a constant: something that needs to be managed every minute of every day. Unfortunately, clear causes for this dizziness are the exception rather than the rule. Someone with chronic dizziness and no apparent cause may be diagnosed with chronic subjective dizziness. First, though, other potential causes should be ruled out.
Here's Why Avoiding Salt Can Damage the Brain
Many neurological disorders cause the blood's sodium concentration to drop. In general, this is not a good thing. Hyponatremia can cause brain swelling, seizures, and coma. So how do doctors treat this problem?
Your Guide to Aseptic Meningitis
The most common cause of inflammation in the tissues that surround the brain is not a bacterial infection, but a virus.
Here's the Best Kind of Brain Tumor You Can Get
Meningiomas are tumors growing form the tissues that surround the brain. While usually slow growing and easily treated, sometimes meningiomas can be serious.
10 Serious Infections of the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord, like any other part of the nervous system, can become infected. Paralysis, numbness, and worse can result.
5 Ways to Treat Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis used to be uniformly disabling and usually fatal, but can now usually be well controlled with medical therapy.
How to Treat Bell's Palsy
Bell's palsy involves sudden loss of facial nerve function. This leads to face weakness on one side. Fortunately, most people recover well from Bell's palsy, but there are some ways to heal more and faster, as well as preventing further problems.
This Is How EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies Work
Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCSs) are helpful tools neurologists use to investigate diseases of the peripheral nervous system and muscles. Learn more about how these tests are done here.
Why Do I Feel Dizzy All the Time?
Chronic subjective dizziness describes a sense of imbalance that persists months after an attack of sudden vertigo.
Coma, unconscious, vegetative state, brain death
The term coma has terrifying connotations to most people. In reality, many things can cause coma, and the probability of recovery can range from practically certain to almost no chance of meaningful recovery. It's not enough to know whether someone is in a coma. You need to know why and how bad the coma is. Start learning more here.
reflex, knee-jerk
What are reflexes, and why do neurologists and other doctors keep whacking our knees with that hammer?
seizure, epilepsy
An allegory to describe what happens in the brain during a seizure.
weakness, paralysis, hemiplegia, muscle,...
When someone is weak, neurologists try to figure out exactly where the source of weakness lies. All other steps in determining the cause of weakness follow this crucial step.
Your Introduction to Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis causes weakness that can become life threatening, but is also a well understood disorder with available treatments. Learn more here.
When It's More Than Just Tennis Elbow
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Why Your Tremors Probably Aren't Parkinson's...
Many people worry that their tremor may be due to Parkinson's disease, but there's a less serious cause of tremor that's more common. Essential tremor isn't life-threatening, but the symptoms can interfere with your quality of life. Start learning more about essential tremor here.
3 Ultrasound Techniques in Neurology
Most people associate the medical use of ultrasound as being a method for checking on an unborn fetus during pregnancy, but ultrasound has many uses in neurology as well. Learn more about these techniques here.
Here's Your Guide to the Peripheral Nervous...
Understanding the peripheral nervous system is critical to understanding many causes of numbness, tingling, and weakness.
8 Important Factors for Managing Your ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a terribly debilitating disease. As people with ALS get weaker, many serious, life-threatening changes occur that need to be addressed by a team of medical professionals. In addition, there are changes that are not life-threatening, but nevertheless have an impact on the day-to-day lives of those with ALS. Addressing these components of ALS can help improve the quality of life of those who suffer from this devastating neurological illness.
How is Myasthenia Gravis Diagnosed?
Myasthenia gravis can cause life threatening weakness, but responds well to treatment. In order to treat the disease, though, first the diagnosis must be confirmed. Here are some techniques used by neurologists to investigate myasthenia gravis.
How Doctors Diagnose Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Guillain-Barré is a potentially dangerous syndrome with weakness that spreads up the body. Learn more about how doctors can tell if you have this disorder.
Is My Dizziness a Side Effect?
It’s no secret that medications used by doctors to treat diseases and alleviate discomfort can, in fact, have side effects that cause a new set of problems. Dizziness is one of the most common side effects associated with medications.
Your Intro to Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Guillain-Barre is an autoimmune disorder of the peripheral nervous system that causes weakness, numbness, and other symptoms. Guillain-Barre can be a life-threatening syndrome that leads to total paralysis, including the muscles required to breathe.
TGA, memory, transient global amnesia, forgetting
Transient global amnesia is a frightening, but temporary, occurrence during which someone can't form new memories.
Could You Have Postconcussive Syndrome?
Postconcussive syndrome is a controversial medical diagnosis, but few would dispute that many people suffer from similar symptoms following a head injury. These can include headache, dizziness, mood changes, and sleep problems.
The Genetic Disorders That Cause Clumsiness
When people discuss spinal cerebellar ataxia (SCA), they are actually referring to a group of neurodegenerative disorders that cause progressive clumsiness. Learn more about these inherited disorders here.
Balint, simultagnosia, optic ataxia, ocular...
Balint's syndrome results from damage to the parietal lobes, and restricts someone's ability to direct their eyes appropriately in space. The result is something that resembles an eye problem, but really results from damage to the brain.
Managing Meningioma
Often, meningiomas only require periodic evaluation. Sometimes, however, treatment is called for.
Is This the Most Serious Stroke Risk Factor?
Carotid artery stenosis is a narrowing of the arteries in the neck that deliver blood to most of the brain. Stenosis can lead to stroke, but what is the best way to deal with it? Learn more here.
How You Can Manage Essential Tremors
While essential tremor isn't as serious as Parkinson's disease, the shaking can be annoying, embarrassing, and even debilitating. Learn about different ways to manage the symptoms of essential tremor.
When You're Recovering From Guillain-Barre...
Guillain-Barre can be a serious, even life-threatening disease that can lead to total paralysis. However, with medical therapies, most people not only survive, but have impressive recoveries of their ability to move as they previously did.
Do You Have a Brain Tumor?
For almost every neurological problem there is, but especially headache, many people worry that the cause could be a tumor in the brain. What symptoms most suggest that you have a brain tumor?
Your Introduction to Amyotrophic Lateral...
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurologically devastating disease in which patients slowly lose their ability to move. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and therapies for ALS here.
What Happens When You Have a Traumatic Brain...
The term traumatic brain injury covers a wide spectrum of severity, from minor concussions to severe injuries requiring neurosurgery. Treatment of traumatic brain injury must be tailored to the individual. Learn more here.
Brain, love, affection, desire, marriage, dating
Love was once thought to be beyond our understanding, or at least relegated to the realm of philosophers and poets.
The Critical Symptoms and Management of Spinal...
Traumatic spinal cord injury is a tragic event that can produce permanent disability often at a young age. Learn more about how doctors diagnose and treat traumatic spinal cord injury.
Olfaction, smell, taste
The sense of smell is important but underappreciated by most of us. Those who lose this sense can suffer from depression and more.
Just How Benign Is Essential Tremor?
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Here's How You Can Treat Berry Aneurysms
Cerebral aneurysms sometimes rupture, leading to dangerous bleeding known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Sometimes invasive surgical interventions are required to prevent this kind of bleeding. Learn more here.
Do Words Have Colors? Your Guide to Synesthesia
The term synesthesia comes from the Greek for syn (together) and aesthesia (sensation). The term describes an automatic and involuntary blending of senses. Acoustic information may become olfactory, for example, so that music has a certain smell. While almost any type of sensory blending is possible, some forms are more commonly reported than others.
What is the Default Mode Network?
An introduction to functional connectivity and the default mode network.
ICP, intracranial pressure, craniectomy, shunt
When pressure gets too high around your brain, very bad things can happen. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways neurologists can control that pressure, usually in a neuro-ICU.
When Your Child's Seizures Aren't That Serious
Watching their newborn baby have a seizure is a terrifying experience for parents, but not all seizures portend a serious outcome for the child. Here are some of the less severe forms of infant epilepsy.
Your Introduction to Intracerebral Hemorrhage
About 15 percent of stroke is hemorrhagic, meaning that a ruptured artery leads to bleeding in the brain. Although hemorrhagic stroke is more rare than ischemic stroke, it is also more deadly, with only about half of victims surviving. Learn more about intracerebral hemorrhage here.
Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures, conversion...
Conversion disorders occur when a psychiatric stress makes itself known by acting out like a neurological illness. Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures are an example. Although there is no abnormal electrical activity in the brain as is present in epilepsy, these patients act and feel like they are having epileptic seizures. Rather than treating with anticonvulsive medications, these patients improve either on their own once the diagnosis is made, or with the help of a psychiatrist.
8 Reasons You're Confused
Delirium is a common but concerning state of confusion in sick hospital patients. Family members and friends can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of delirium.
Chronically Clumsy? Here Are 8 Science-Backed...
Ataxia is the medical term for clumsiness. Lack of coordination can be caused by many things, but is usually associated with the cerebellum.
One Serious Problem With Untreated Head Injuries
An explanation of CTE, caused by head injuries, diagnosed only after death, and best known for affecting athletes such as boxers and football players.
6 Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Children
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How Does a Functional MRI Machine Work?
Functional MRI is a technique that depicts brain activity by showing brightly lit areas in the brain. These images are often used in research that is frequently seen on television and newspapers. This technique is also becoming increasingly popular in hospital settings. But how reliable are these images, and how exactly are they made? Learn more here.
Your Introduction to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is the most common form of prion disease. Prion diseases are caused by a mutated protein that causes more proteins to change shape, transforming them into more prions. The result is a cascade of deformed proteins that kills brain cells and leads to rapidly progressive dementia.
ICP, intracranial pressure
Neurologists have good reason to worry when pressure surrounding the brain gets too high. Headaches, vision changes, and eventually coma and death can result. How can we tell when the pressure is building? And what can we do about it?
intensive care unit, neuro-ICU, ICU
Most people have an idea of what an intensive care unit is, but may be surprised to know that there are specialized ICUs for neurological problems. What does a neuro-ICU offer that regular ICUs don't?
Is this Dizzy Spell Really a Panic Attack?
There are many reasons to feel dizzy, and anxiety is one of the most common. Panic attack involves sudden and recurrent episodes of at least four of the
9 Common Forms of Dysautonomia
The autonomic nervous system controls vital functions like blood pressure, heart rate and more. So what happens when the autonomic nervous system goes wrong?
All About Treating Malignant Glioma
While surgery is important for treating brain tumors, it is not always sufficient or possible. Fortunately, other options are available.
Managing the Most Serious Symptoms of ALS
If you've been recently diagnosed with ALS, you've probably got some questions and concerns regarding your future. While ALS has no cure, that doesn't mean you can't get help. There are lots of resources available to help you live the best life possible in spite of your disease. Knowing about these resources could not only make a difference in your quality of life, but even how long you are able to live.
9 Symptoms of Neurological Mitochondrial...
Mitochondria are fascinating and critical parts of the cell. When something goes wrong, the nervous system is often the first to become damaged.
Hashimoto's Encephalopathy
Hashimoto’s encephalopathy is an uncommon and treatable disorder associated with inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis). The encephalopathy is thought to be most characterized by confusion, altered consciousness, and often seizures, but has been suggested to cause a wide range of symptoms.
How to Treat Your Dystonia
Dystonia involves involuntary muscle contractions that can be uncomfortable, disabling, and embarrassing. Sometimes, dystonia can be hard to treat, but there are a variety of different options available. Learn more here.
3 Reasons We Hallucinate
Hallucinations can be cause us to question the very nature of our reality. What causes us to see or hear what others don't?
For Anyone Who's Wondered Where Emotions Come...
The amygdala is a small part of the brain with a big role in our lives. The two amygdalae (for almond after its shape and size) sit in the temporal lobes, where they play a critical part in emotional processing. So critical, in fact, that the amygdala has been referred to as the epicenter of emotion.
How Surgery Can Reduce the Risk of Stroke
When the carotid arteries are narrowed, it increases the risk of stroke. Carotid endarterectomy can widen the arteries again, reducing stroke risk.
Consciousness, alertness, awareness, reticular...
The term consciousness is one of those things that seems obvious until you actually try to define it. Maybe like so many other things in life, consciousness is best understood when it is lost. By studying various causes of diminished consciousness, neurologists can determine what structures and chemicals of the brain are important in maintaining alertness and awareness of your surroundings.
Important Developments in Anti-Seizure...
Between 2007 and 2012, eight new anticonvulsant medications became available in Europe or the United States, offering new options to those with poorly controlled seizures. No medication is without some risks, and it's important to learn about the good and the bad of any new pharmaceutical agent.
Your Science-Backed Introduction to Traumatic...
An introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury, an increasingly notorious neurological problem that can affect anyone of any age.
How You Can Be Tested for Dysautonomia
Problems with the autonomic nervous system can lead to several complaints including dizziness, cold insensitivity, nausea and more. There are many different tests that explore dysautonomia.
This Brain Parasite Affects 50 Million People
Parasitic tapeworm larvae in the brain.
Frontal lobes, executive function, judgement,...
The frontal lobes are responsible for many of the things that make us who we are-- our ability to plan, control basic emotions, and even shape our personality.
Why Levodopa Is So Controversial in Parkinson's...
Dopamine was the first major drug to help people with Parkinson's disease, and it remains one of the strongest medications available for Parkinson's symptoms. So why do some people recommend waiting before starting this medication?
When Is a Seizure Not a Seizure?
Most of us think of seizures as causing convulsive movements, but some seizures instead mimic changes of consciousness like delirium and even coma. How can we know when someone is seizing?
4 Vitamin Deficiencies That Can Damage the Spine
Lack of vitamin B12 isn't the only thing that can cause such a myelopathy. Deficiencies of copper, folate, or vitamin E can also cause problems with the spinal cord.
This Is the Most Common (and Aggressive) Kind...
Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, GBM, or a grade 4 astrocytoma, is one of the most common and aggressive types of brain tumors.
This Is How You Treat Low Grade Gliomas
The best time of treatment in patients with glioma but with limited symptoms is controversial, as well as the role of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
9 Generalized Epilepsy Syndromes of Childhood
There are so many types of epilepsy syndromes that it is useful to divide them by age and severity. Here we look at generalized epilepsy syndromes in children over the age of two in which learning and development will likely be normal.
Your Introduction to Dystonia
Dystonia is when both agonist and antagonist muscles of a body part unintentionally contract, resulting in uncomfortable posturing of that body part. Dystonia can be embarrassing and disabling. Learn more about dystonia here.
Here's Everything Wrong With Lobotomies
The frontal lobotomy was an early example of psychosurgery, a controversial surgical procedure intended to alter someone's mood, thoughts or behavior.
Here's One Way to Correct Carotid Artery Stenting
Carotid stenosis is a narrowing of neck arteries that increases stroke risk. The usual way of correcting stenosis is with surgery, but a less invasive option, carotid artery stenting, is available under certain conditions.
How to Recognize Bogus Cures for Neurological...
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The Disease That Causes Sudden Paralysis in the...
Transverse myelitis is when the body's immune system attacks the spinal cord, resulting in inflammation that leads to rapid sensory changes and paralysis. While this disorder can be devastating, it is also often treatable.
Living With Parkinson's Disease Symptoms
Parkinson's disease comes with unique problems that require unique solutions. Tips on dealing with common Parkinson's symptoms here.
The Trouble With Diagnosing Normal Pressure...
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is potentially reversible cause of dementia, but the treatment can be dangerous and the disease is difficult for doctors to diagnose. What's the best approach?
Your Introduction to Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Subarachnoid hemorrhage is one of the most severe neurological illnesses. This intracranial bleeding can occur suddenly and dramatically in people who may have seemed healthy just beforehand, killing about half of those afflicted and leaving many others with lasting neurological deficits. Learn more about this disorder here, including how to recognize the symptoms and what risk factors to avoid.
3 Common Neuromuscular Junction Diseases
The nerve communicates with muscle at the aptly-named neuromuscular junction, where the neurotransmitter acetylcholine travels a small distance from nerve to muscle to signal the muscle to contract. When something goes wrong with the neuromuscular junction, the result is weakness.
4 Dangerous Complications of Subarachnoid...
Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a frightening disorder in which blood ruptures from an artery in the brain and leaks into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). As if that weren't enough, life-threatening complications after the bleed go on for days afterwards.
This Is What It Really Means to Be Brain Dead
Like any other form of death, brain death can usually be diagnosed at the bedside by a qualified physician. Under some conditions, though, additional testing is called for. Learn more about those additional tests and when they might be needed.
aphasia, Wernicke, Broca, primary progressive...
Aphasia is a loss of the ability to make use of language. There are several different types of aphasia with several different causes, all of which have taught us about how the brain normally understands and talks with others.
communication, socialization, brain, community
Humans are social creatures. We depend on each other to survive, but also to learn, play, and accomplish. The human brain is built for this kind of interaction, and helps define who we are in society. Why do we act the way we do around other people?
Is Shunting Risky for Treating Hydrocephalus?
Proper diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a controversial topic in neurology.
An Introduction to Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus is a potentially reversible cause of dementia. It is also difficult to diagnose, and the treatment involves brain surgery, making it a controversial topic in neurology. Begin learning more here.
Coma, vegetative state, akinetic mutism,...
A person’s level of consciousness is a measure of how alert and oriented they are. Consciousness is a spectrum with many shades. While the best known alteration of consciousness is the infamous coma, meaning someone is unarousable with their eyes closed, there are many other ways that a persons’ consciousness can be impaired. Some may mimic coma, whereas others appear quite different but are still very concerning to the friends and family of the afflicted patient.
How Alzheimer's Gets Diagnosed
Recent years have seen the advance of new diagnostic techniques that can potentially help doctors with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. But are these tests necessary? When are they really helpful?
Diagnosing Neurogenic Bladder
In addition to a physical examination, doctors may use certain tests to get to the bottom of urinary incontinence.
Alternatives to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention
Recent years have seen an expansion in alternatives to warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation.
The Strange History of Kluver-Bucy Syndrome
The classical combination of hyperphagia, hyperorality, hypersexuality, and docility result from lesions of bilateral temporal lobes, including the amygdala, and was first described in the 1930s. While not common, Klüver-Bucy syndrome taught us a lot about how the brain works.
4 Epilepsy Syndromes That Arise in Childhood
There are many types of childhood epilepsy. Some affect children over the age of two, and others only impact infants. Some cause the whole body to shake (generalized seizures), and others only initially shake part of the body (partial seizures). Some are associated with learning problems and developmental disability, though many are not. Here we investigate partial epilepsy syndromes of childhood without associated developmental or learning problems.
Understanding Delusions in Dementia
Delusions commonly occur is psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia or delusional disorders. They can also result from strokes, seizures, trauma to the brain, brain infections and as a side effect of some illicit and prescription drugs. In addition, delusions are common manifestations of dementia.
Your Guide to Understanding Your Memory
The ability to remember is one of the most distinctive things about the brain. How does it do it?
Are We Getting Closer to a Cure for Parkinson's?
While we don't yet have a cure for Parkinson's disease, it's not for lack of trying, and several promising approaches are now underway.
brains, zombies
Two researchers have constructed a model of the fictional zombie brain, using the undead to liven up interest in neuroscience.
Understanding Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome consists of the triad of oculomotor changes, confusion, and ataxia. The syndrome can be reversed by giving thiamine (vitamin B1), and should be as soon as possible to prevent permanent memory loss.
This Is Your Brain on Music
We are our brains, and few things affect us, and therefore our brains, like music can. How do sound waves moving our eardrums lead to tapping feet or teary eyes? Why can a particular piece of music make our friend smile but leave us cold?
10 Ways You Can Cope With Parkinson's
Adjusting to a diagnosis of any chronic disease can be challenging, and Parkinson's disease also poses unique problems. Here are some common solutions and tips for coping with Parkinson's.
Can Computer Games Really Prevent Dementia?
There's a lot of computerized brain training programs being marketed to help improve cognitive performance. Are they worth your time and money?
Tic, Tourette's Syndrome
Tics are abnormal movements or behaviors that are preceded by an irresistible urge. Despite their association with Tourette's syndrome, tics are very common in childhood, and do not usually signify something more serious.
Varicella zoster virus can cause more trouble...
Herpes zoster, also called varicella zoster, can do much more than chicken pox or even shingles...
Your Complete Guide to Oligodendroglioma
Oligodendroglioma is a glial tumor with a better prognosis than many other forms of brain cancer.
7 Serious Causes of Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people come to see a doctor. The vast majority of the time, the problem will either resolve on its own or requires little treatment. Sometimes surgery is required, but even then back pain is rarely an emergency. Other times, though, back pain can signify very serious trouble that may go even beyond the back itself.
This Genetic Disorder Might Be the Cause of...
Episodic ataxia is a rare group of genetic disorders that cause to attacks of clumsiness which may be associated with dizziness.
4 Amoebas That Can Cause Brain Disease
Amoeba are one-celled organisms that usually harmlessly coexist with humans. Occasionally, though, these small creatures can cause serious problems to the central nervous system.
New Developments in Neurorehabilitation
Help is needed to get better after a neurological injury. New techniques in neurorehabilitation will continue to improve how people recover from neurological illnesses.
How Should Blood Pressure Be Managed After...
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke. So why do doctors keep blood pressure high when a stroke occurs, and how should it return to normal?
Mirror Neurons, Empathy, Neuroscience
Mirror neurons are neurons that are activated both when performing an action (including feeling a sensation or emotion), and when someone else performs that action. Much has been written about these neurons in the last few years. Does the reality live up to the hype?
The Addictive Side Effect of Parkinson's...
Dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS) is a potential complication of Parkinson disease medications that can cause addictive behavior and more.
How Doctors Know If You Have a Brain Tumor
Brain tumors even haunt the minds of those who will never develop cancer. Headaches, tingling, dizziness and other very common symptoms may set off the fear that a deadly malignancy lurks underneath the everyday façade. How can doctors reassure us, or worse, be confident that a brain tumor is in fact present?
5 Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Infants
While some forms of epilepsy that affect children do not lead to serious problems down the road, others can cause developmental delay or even early death. Here are some of the epilepsy syndromes that can be the hardest on parents of newborn children.
Advances in Treating Muscular Dystrophy
The field of research in muscular dystrophy has made great strides forward, and a surge in clinical trials is resulting. The result is a new opportunity for hope in people with these debilitating disorders.
Treatment of Asymptomatic AVM
Research suggests that the best thing to do with an AVM that isn't causing symptoms is to leave it alone...
Why It's So Easy to Pee Your Pants
The nervous system's control of the seeming simple act of urination is actually quite complicated. No wonder things so often go wrong.
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