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"Can Someone Be Having a Seizure if There are...
Learn about a seizure that does not cause convulsive movements called nonconvulsive status epilepticus, including how its diagnosed and treated.
Are Your Fingers Tingling? Find Out Why.
Whether in the index finger, thumb, or toes, tingling and numbness are common. How do neurologists think about this problem.
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.
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.
Could Your Dizziness Be a Medical Problem?
How can you tell when your dizziness is due to a medical problem?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
"Why Did My Doctor Order a CT scan and not an...
Understand why your doctor may order a CT scan versus an MRI, what the risks are involved with each, and how you can best prepare yourself for one.
7 Dangerous Causes of Dizziness
What are the potentially life-threatening causes of dizziness?
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.
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.
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?
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.
"I Have Fast Muscle Twitches."
Understand the basics of benign fasciculation syndrome, including what a fasciculation is, how this disorder is diagnosed, and treatment options.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Intro to Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Guillain-Barre is a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disorder of the peripheral nervous system that causes weakness, numbness, and other symptoms.
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.
seizure, epilepsy
An allegory to describe what happens in the brain during a seizure.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Why Your Tremor Probably Isn't Parkinson's...
Essential tremor isn't life-threatening, but the symptoms can interfere with quality of life. Learn the difference between ET and Parkinson's tremors.
How to Heal Well from Your Bell's Palsy
Bell's palsy leads to facial weakness on one side. While most people recover well from Bell's palsy, there are some ways to heal more and faster.
Ten Signs a Headache is Serious
How can you tell when headaches may be due to a dangerous medical problem?
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.
"Why Do I Feel Dizzy All the Time?"
Discover the symptoms, cause, and science behind a disorder called chronic subjective dizziness, which describes a persistent sense of imbalance.
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.
"My Doctor Said My Carotid Artery is Blocked....
Learn about carotid artery stenosis and how it's treated, including information about medical therapy, a surgical procedure, and artery stenting.
"I Have Benign Essential Tremor. Is it Really...
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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.
Everything You Want to Know About Spinal Taps
Some common questions about lumbar punctures, or spinal taps, are addressed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Here's Your Guide to the Peripheral Nervous...
Understanding the peripheral nervous system is critical to understanding many causes of numbness, tingling, and weakness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
reflex, knee-jerk
What are reflexes, and why do neurologists and other doctors keep whacking our knees with that hammer?
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.
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.
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.
Managing Meningioma
Often, meningiomas only require periodic evaluation. Sometimes, however, treatment is called for.
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.
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.
TGA, memory, transient global amnesia, forgetting
Transient global amnesia is a frightening, but temporary, occurrence during which someone can't form new memories.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Astrocytoma
Brain tumors usually don’t result from problems with nerve cells. Glial cells, which normally surround and support nerve cells, are the usual suspects.
When Your Baby or Child's Seizures Aren't That...
Not all seizures in infancy and childhood pose a serious outcome for the child. Here are some harmless and some less severe forms of infant epilepsy.
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.
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.
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.
6 Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Children
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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.
How Doctors Know If You Have a Brain Tumor
Learn about signs and symptoms, imaging tests like MRI, and more invasive procedures like brain biopsies that doctors use to diagnose a brain tumor.
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.
When Is It More Than Just Tennis Elbow?
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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.
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.
9 Common Forms of Dysautonomia
The autonomic nervous system controls vital functions automatically. What happens when the autonomic nervous system doesn't function properly?
How an immune reaction to cancer may also...
Paraneoplastic disorders can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms.
Learn About Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment...
About 15 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic in which a ruptured arterycauses bleeding in the brain. Learn about this rarer but deadlier type of stroke.
Varicella zoster virus can cause more trouble...
Herpes zoster, also called varicella zoster, can do much more than chicken pox or even shingles...
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.
How Is Myasthenia Gravis Diagnosed?
Myasthenia gravis responds well to treatment, but first a diagnosis must be reached. Here are some tests and techniques used to diagnose the disease.
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.
Learn About Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
Myasthenia gravis causes muscle weakness and fatigue, but is a well understood disorder with successful treatments currently available.
Chronically Clumsy? Here Are 8 Scientific...
Ataxia is the medical term for clumsiness, which can be caused by many things, but is sometimes associated with a problem in the cerebellum.
Huntington's disease impacts so much more than...
Huntington's disease is an inherited disorder causing writhing movements and changes in mood and thinking.
How to Treat Your Dystonia
Dystonia causes involuntary muscle contractions that can be uncomfortable, disabling, and embarrassing.
What is the Default Mode Network?
An introduction to functional connectivity and the default mode network.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Science-Backed Introduction to Traumatic...
An introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury, an increasingly notorious neurological problem that can affect anyone of any age.
Three Common Neuromuscular Junction Diseases
The three most common neuromuscular junction disorders all present with weakness, but distinguishing among them is critical for successful treatment.
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?
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.
These Are the Symptoms of Brain Clots
Blood clots in the cerebral veins are relatively uncommon, but can be difficult to diagnose. Learn more about cerebral venous thrombosis here.
Here's How You Can Treat Berry Aneurysms
Cerebral aneurysms sometimes rupture, leading to dangerous bleeding. Sometimes invasive medical procedures can prevent this kind of bleeding.
The Disease That Causes Sudden Paralysis in the...
When the body's immune system attacks the spinal cord, it can cause both numbness and weakness.
Why Levodopa Is So Controversial in Parkinson's...
When to start Levodopa, in Parkinson's disease is a controversial topic. Learn why some people recommend waiting before starting this medication?
8 Important Factors for Managing Your ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a terribly debilitating disease, but there are ways for patients to improve their quality of life.
Do Malignant Gliomas Require Surgery?
Neurosurgery remains the mainstay of treatment for most cancers of the brain.
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
A Disorder in Which Poor Vision is Due to Your...
Learn about a rare and disabling neurological condition called Balint's syndrome that is characterized by visual and spatial deficits, including what causes it.
Diagnosing Neurogenic Bladder
In addition to a physical examination, doctors may use certain tests to get to the bottom of urinary incontinence.
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.
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.
There's help for those with Huntington's
Methods of relieving Huntington's disease symptoms.
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.
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.
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.
This Brain Parasite Affects 50 Million People
Parasitic tapeworm larvae in the brain.
What You Need to Know About Your Frontal Lobes
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 our personality.
5 Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Infants
Read about five serious infant seizure syndromes that can cause developmental delay or even early death, and how you can cope if your child has one.
What Are the Risks and Benefits of Carotid...
Carotid endarterectomy can be an effective procedure to treat carotid stenosis. It can restore blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of stroke.
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.
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.
Paraneoplastic disorders cause neurological...
Paraneoplastic syndromes can cause neurological side effects due to a cancer elsewhere in the body.
"Is This Itch Coming from my Nervous System?...
Read about neurological causes of itching, how these itches come about in the nervous system, and why some itches are not alleviated by scratching.
Are We Finding Treatments for Progressive MS?
The effectiveness of available treatments for such progressive MS is at best uncertain. What does the future hold for progressive MS?
You Just Had Your First Seizure. Now What?
Should people who have had their first seizure take a medication?
"My Loved One Has Impaired Consciousness. What...
Understand the definition of consciousness, ways doctors describe consciousness, and seven medical examples of impaired consciousness in patients.
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.
The Strange History of Kluver-Bucy Syndrome
What happens when the anterior temporal lobes and amygdalae go missing?
Why do we get hiccups? And what can we do about...
What causes hiccups, and what can we do about them?
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.
What Doctors Worry About in the Neuro-ICU
Patients with neurological diseases are more prone to specific complications. Staff in the neuro-ICU watch carefully for these problems so they can managed quickly if seen.
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.
6 Ways You Can Train Your Brain to Avoid Dementia
Scientists have done a lot of research into how to keep sharp as we age. Learn about how to keep your brain healthy as you get older.
How You Can Understand Brain Metastases
The most common causes of brain tumors in adults actually don't arise in the brain. Often, tumors in the brain have spread (metastasized) from another location.
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.
Why Your Doctor May Not Lower Your Blood...
Since high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, why do doctors keep it high when an ischemic stroke occurs, and how should it return to normal?
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.
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.
The Controversy Behind Hashimoto's Encephalopathy
Hashimoto's encephalopathy is an uncommon and treatable disorder associated with inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis).
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?
When Good Proteins Go Bad: Your Guide to Prion...
Prions disease can be inherited, acquired or sporadic. Learn about the development and symptoms of this fatal neurodegenerative disease.
When Viruses Attack Kids' Brains
How to recognize and address viral meningitis and encephalitis in kids.
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.
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.
Is Shunting Risky for Treating Hydrocephalus?
Proper diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a controversial topic in neurology.
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.
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.
Should You Make the Switch to Generic...
The FDA has stated that there is no significant difference between brand name antiepileptic medication and less expensive generic equivalents. But some people have noticed an increase in seizure frequency or other adverse effects after switching.
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