The brain controls and coordinates conscious and unconscious body functions, as well as ‘higher’ functions such as memory, learning and thinking. Like any other part of the body, it is susceptible to bleeding, infection, trauma and other forms of damage.
Essential Tremor and Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat a number of movement disorders, including Essential Tremor. DBS is a way to stimulate the thalamus, a structure deep in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity. The true cause of essential tremor is still
Epilepsy Questions: Get Information and Answers
1. What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a chronic (long-lasting) medical condition marked by recurrent epileptic seizures. An epileptic seizure is an event of altered brain function caused by abnormal or excessive electrical discharges from brain cells. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders, affecting up to
Brain Tumor: Types, Risk Factors, and Symptoms
A brain tumor is a collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain. Your skull, which encloses your brain, is very rigid. Any growth inside such a restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or
The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
Misplacing your car keys, calling your neighbor by the wrong name or forgetting to buy bread at the grocery store are common memory lapses. But with age, forgetfulness happens more often, and it’s easy to begin questioning what’s normal —
5 Tips to Care for a Loved One Diagnosed with MS
When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), most people tend to have a similar reaction: What does this mean? MS is an unpredictable, often debilitating disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of
Someone is Having A Seizure: What Should You Do?
You’re in the grocery store and suddenly you hear a commotion. Another shopper is on the floor—convulsing. You’re terrified. What should you do? Sadly, these kinds of difficult situations happen frequently. In fact, as many as 5.1 million Americans have been diagnosed