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    • Understanding EMG and NCS Results Created: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCSs) are tools that help neurologists locate and find the cause of diseases of muscle and peripheral nerves." itempropxpr="$zTP='t3'" --> itemp...
    • Dangerous Causes of Dizziness Created: Monday, April 29, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What are the potentially life-threatening causes of dizziness?" itemprop="description">
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    • Delirium Created: Monday, July 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Delirium is a common but concerning state of confusion in sick hospital patients. Family members and friends can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of delirium." itempropxpr="$zTP='t3'" --> itemp...
    • Uncommon Causes of Acute Recurrent Vertigo Created: Monday, May 13, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      If you're suffering from acute attacks of dizziness and the most common problems have been ruled out, there are more places to look." itemprop="description"> Saturday, February 23, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The autonomic nervous system controls vital functions like blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, sweating, and other things beyond our direct conscious control." itemprop=pr="$zTP='t3'" --> itempr...
    • Infections of the Spinal Cord Created: Friday, March 22, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The spinal cord, like any other part of the nervous system, can become infected. Paralysis, numbness, and worse can result." itemprop="description">
    • Guillain-Barré Treatment and Recovery Created: Friday, May 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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 th...
    • How EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies Work Created: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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...
    • Elevated Intracranial Pressure Created: Sunday, August 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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...
    • Motor Neuron Disease Created: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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 ...
    • What is a Reflex? Created: Friday, April 13, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What are reflexes, and why do neurologists and other doctors keep whacking our knees with that hammer?" itemprop="description"> Friday, April 13, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      An allegory to describe what happens in the brain during a seizure." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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 in...
    • The Brain in Love Created: Saturday, February 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Love was once thought to be beyond our understanding, or at least relegated to the realm of philosophers and poets." itemprop="description">> Sunday, September 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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, wit...
    • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Created: Sunday, August 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Even small head injuries can have large consequences if there's many of them over time. Learn about chronic traumatic encephalopathy here.
    • When Back Pain is Serious Created: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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 surg...
    • The Cranial Nerves Created: Friday, December 14, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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." itempf expr="$zTP='t3'" --> it...
    • Transient Global Amnesia Created: Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Transient global amnesia is a frightening, but temporary, occurrence during which someone can't form new memories." itemprop="description">> Thursday, November 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The frontal lobotomy was an early example of psychosurgery, a controversial surgical procedure intended to alter someone's mood, thoughts or behavior." itemprop="descriptio3'" --> itemprop="descrip...
    • Synesthesia Created: Thursday, May 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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...
    • Understanding Consciousness Created: Friday, March 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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 ...
    • The Peripheral Nervous System Created: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Understanding the peripheral nervous system is critical to understanding many causes of numbness, tingling, and weakness." itemprop="description">>
    • Introduction to Guillain-Barre Syndrome Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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 ...
    • Weakness: Finding the Cause Created: Thursday, January 24, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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."
    • Introduction to Bell’s Palsy Created: Monday, June 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • Treatment of Bell's Palsy Created: Monday, June 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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 ...
    • How Does Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Work? Created: Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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. ...
    • Confirmatory Tests for Brain Death Created: Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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...
    • What is Ataxia? Created: Sunday, August 19, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Ataxia is the medical term for clumsiness. Lack of coordination can be caused by many things, but is usually associated with the cerebellum." itemprop="description" Friday, March 22, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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." itempf expr="$zTP='t3'" --> it...
    • Complications of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Created: Monday, July 23, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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-threatenin...

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