Brain & Nerve Basics

The brain and nervous system are vital body parts where minor abnormalities may cause severe disease. Hydrocephalus is too much fluid around the brain and can lead to developmental delays in children. Pseudotumor cerebri involves increased intracranial pressure and its symptoms mimic those of a brain tumor. Multiple system atrophy is nerve decay that can affect many functions.

Understanding the Adolescent Brain

Understanding the Adolescent Brain

It’s a good thing parents get 12 years to bond with their children before they become teenagers. Otherwise they might not be so motivated to help them grow into adults. Teens are often annoying, demanding, moody, gloomy, and defiant. If their reckless behavior doesn’t kill them, it may scare their parents to death. And parents …

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Pseudotumor Cerebri

Pseudotumor Cerebri – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Primary Intracranial Hypertension, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Benign Intracranial Hypertension Summary Pseudotumor cerebri is a rare but potentially serious neurological disorder in which pressure inside the skull (intracranial pressure) increases with no identifiable cause. It causes symptoms that mimic those of a brain tumor (e.g., headaches, dizziness, vision loss), although no tumor can be …

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Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple System Atrophy – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Multi System Atrophy, MSA Summary Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurological disorder in which patients experience degenerative symptoms that can affect movement, speech, blood pressure and other bodily functions. There are three types of MSA: Striatonigral degeneration (SND). Causes symptoms of parkinsonism, such as rigidity, slowed movements and tremors. Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA). …

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Brain and Nervous System

Brain and Nervous System

Summary The brain and nervous system receive, process and respond to stimuli from both outside and inside the body. The senses (e.g., touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell) provide information about the person’s environment. After the information is processed, the nervous system initiates a response that might include moving a limb, increasing hormone levels or …

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