Questions tagged [neurology]

The branch of medicine or biology that deals with the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system.

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What should I do if someone has a seizure in front of me?

What first-aid measures should be taken when someone is having a seizure?
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Are OTC pain medications safer than prescriptions?

Are pain medications that I can buy Over the Counter (OTC) any safer than prescriptions I receive from a doctor to manage pain? For example, I have migraines. There are several OTC medications ...
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Why does caffeine make me sleep better?

I have self-administered around 4 mg/kg of caffeine (peroral), and around two hours later I fell asleep, being just a little bit sleep-deprived. After around five hours of sleep I found myself awake, ...
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Does chronic Lyme disease really exist?

It seems that Lyme disease infection (borreliosis) can persist despite antibiotic treatment in early stages. Is there any definite proof of this in medical literature? If there is, why is Post-...
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What is the name of the sense that keeps track of where your body parts are?

I know that we have a sense that allows the brain to keep track of the locations of each of our limbs, digits, etcetera, but I can never remember what it is called. I would guess that most people aren'...
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Is there a technical term for the phenomenon known as “brain zaps”?

Many people (especially those who take antidepressants), including myself, are familiar with the experience of what has been called "brain zaps". I was not aware that the sensation had a name or that ...
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Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides

Recently, one of my relatives, who is a farmer, got diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He is 45 years old and has no positive family history. One of the doctor told us that the occurence of the ...
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What ingredients in this list are causing my hands to get warm? (improve circulation to my fingers) [closed]

EDIT: scroll down towards the bottom towards the bottom for my answer. Its thoracic outlet syndrome. If I do certain stretches it goes away. Its an issue related to my bad posture and nerves getting ...
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How much of the difference in brain size is attributable to gender, not physical size?

I've been reading a paper regarding the effects of gender on grey matter and white matter, and one passage not directly related to the final result caught my eye: As expected, intracranial volume ...
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If meditating lowers brain activity and low brain activity is good then how come when you see low brain activities in (brain) PET scans its bad?

A lot of people try to scare you from taking drugs by showing you pictures of brains with lower brain activities on PET scans. But if meditating does the same exact thing and creates PET scans that ...
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What are the symptoms of Migraine and how to categorise into severe or mild etc

How to identify if someone suffers from migraine? and how is the migraine categorised ie whether it is severe, mild etc?
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Is there any solid scientific evidence that Cinnamon can prevent Alzheimer's disease?

I have heard that casually from acquaintances. I was wondering if there is any scientific support backing this claim.
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Diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

How can I diagnose the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? What are the most striking symptoms of the disorder? How can we help to diagnose the symptoms faster?
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Can sleeping too much damage the brain and heart?

I heard that sleeping long hours can damage brain functions and harm the heart. Is that true?
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Why can't surgeons operate on nerves?

Why can't surgeons operate on nerves? We see when operating, surgeons always try to protect the major nerves. Doctors handle bones, muscles, tissues but not nerves. Why? Can they see the nerves?
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Myelin regeneration in Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (Children)

Does myelin fully regenerate after a demyelization disease as ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis)? Does myelin always get damaged after an ADEM?
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Can epileptic seizures become life threatening?

Is there any chance of epileptic seizure becoming life threatening or fatal if proper care is not taken?
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How do steroids work in treating a multiple sclerosis relapse?

I have been trying to find this out with no luck. I understand that they don't affect the long term progression of the disease so don't seem to affect the demyelination, but I'm not sure how they ...
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Is possible that pain will start epileptic seizure?

In August of 2015, I have experience with something new, related to neurology and probably also cardiology. I described it in Neurosciences community on G+ (where you can read all text, together with ...
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How valid is the amyloid hypothesis in the causation of Alzheimer's disease?

I have researched this topic and found conflicting opinions towards the amyloid hypothesis in causing Alzheimer's disease. How valid is it?
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ECT and retrograde amnesia

ECT is shock treatment. It is used to treat psychological disorders. How much of it causes how much of retrograde amnesia, is there any quantification?
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What disorder would cause sweating to appear only on one half of the face?

Or a more detailed question, what would cause a vertical divide (through the center of the nose) of the face, where one half has normal sweat gland function and another does not? There are no motor or ...
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Why does prosopagnosia (face blindness) only affect recognition of faces?

I read a short story involving prosopagnosia (Wikipedia), which harms or fully removes a person's ability to remember and recognize faces, and I've since been doing reading to better understand the ...
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Can you change involuntary reactions?

When involuntary reacting in a situation such as a car crash or even a burn, people have recalled that they didn't think in the situation, just acted. I, personally, have pretty good reactions and ...
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Biochemistry of (tap water) iontophoresis?

I'm curious to know what science has to say about the biochemical processes of tap water iontophoresis. I was trying to find some insights from the mechanism of action to answer things like: Why does ...
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What is the name for the symptom of mishearing words?

There’s a really interesting symptom I remember hearing about, wherein the patient will fail to understand certain sounds correctly, in a repeatable fashion. For example, the patient could be ...
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Which part of the body has the most nerve receptors?

I am studying a non-medical field so please bear with me. Which part of the flat skin has the most nerve receptors? I plan to build a grid of vibrators.
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Does a unilateral total obstruction of the carotid artery cause brain damage?

The brain receives oxygenated blood from both the internal carotid arteries and the vertebral arteries, which are connected through the Willis circle (Circulus arteriosus cerebri). Obstruction of ...
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Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

Recently, a relative of mine has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Doctors have prescribed him dopamine agonists. However, they mentionned that with time, those drugs may loose their efficacy ...
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What happens to the brain after a hemispherectomy?

When one half of the brain is removed, what happens regarding the space? Does it fill with CSF? Is something man-made put in there to stop the other hemisphere from moving? Is the other hemisphere ...
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Any link between Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and “chronic” tendonitis?

Is there any evidence linking Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to "chronic" (persistent, non-healing) tendonitis or any other long-term/chronic issues with connective tissue in the elbow region?
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Is there a negative counterpart to endorphins?

A neuropeptide, I suppose, or some pharmacological activity that facilitates the transmission of pain or stress signals?
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Why can thinking make a headache worse?

I sometimes get headaches where if I try and ignore them and continue with my work, they get so bad I feel sick and have to have a lie down until it passes. I've found that the best thing to do is ...
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How to fight stiff neck after viral meningitis? [closed]

My fiancee had suffered from viral meningitis last year. She was treated in hospital, spent there 10 days and was released to home. Since then she sometimes (once every 3-4 weeks) has episodes of head ...
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Skin receptors on finger tip

How many receptors do we have on our fingertipps per square centimeters? I found 2500 but do not find the source. Is this correct?
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Any research on brain's processes involved in evil actions?

I'm reading Zimbardo's The lucifer effect: understanding how good people turn to evil in which he describes the famous Stanford prison experiment that investigated the psychological effects of ...
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Do all neurodegenerative diseases show up on an MRI scan?

Do all neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc. show up on an MRI scan?
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Reversing Alzheimer's disease through Withania somnifera

The National Academy of Science has published the results of a study that found that *Withania somniferaf aka "Ashwagandha" reverses Alzheimer's disease (AD) in mice with no noted side effects. While ...
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Can aphasia like symptoms be caused by something other than physical trauma to the brain?

From what I've read, Aphasia is always caused by trauma, either a head injury, stroke, etc. Are there linguistic disorders related to the brain selecting the wrong word etc. that are physiological or ...
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What is neurofibromatosis?

What is neurofibromatosis and what are its symptoms? I researched it and it still isn't clear to me. Also, at what age does one show the first signs of it?
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Are most normal human beings capable of controlling laughter?

Say you were at a funeral, and a family member of the deceased said something unintentionally hilarious as part of a eulogy, but only funny to a very small number of people at the funeral. Obviously, ...
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Is There a Way to Stimulate Taste Buds After Stroke?

After a stroke late last year, my 87 year-old grandfather hasn't been doing so hot. After being discharged from the hospital's rehab center, he has been in our care for over two months. Keeping food ...
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Foods/drugs/vitamins to avoid, or not avoid, for tardive dyskinesia

I'm half expecting this to be closed as off-topic as seeking personal medical advice, but I'm going to try not to phrase it that way and see how it flies. For full disclosure, I was recently diagnosed ...
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Reference request: Parkinson's disease book

I am about start a project on computational modelling of basal ganglia in the context of Parkinson's disease. My background is mostly on computational side (and some neuroscience too) and I know ...
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Do pharmaceuticals which increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain significantly increase histamine levels?

I imagine any medication that has an effect on catecholamines would in some way increase histamine levels as well, just for the fact that histamine is part of the 'fight or flight' response and seems ...
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Nicotinic receptors stimulation

I came across this question today, it says: Nicotinic receptors stimulation is directly responsible for … I should fill the spaces by one of the following choices: Increasing the excitability of ...
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Can constant exposure to static electricity affect the nervous system in any way?

As titled, can holding a constant static charge affect the CNS? If so, is it detrimental? What are the short/long term effects, if any?
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Affects of nicotine on the nerves

There are new methods for getting nicotine. For example, vaping. Some people are almost promoting nicotine as a health product that can reduce the risk of Parkison's disease and colitis. Some people ...
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Any examples of diagnoses, therapies or rehabilitation procedures based on patients writing code?

For various neurological or psychiatric conditions, treatments and rehabilitation procedures have been developed that try to stimulate affected functionalities, e.g. music therapy or chess play for ...
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Decorticate or decerebrate response: may the underlying damages be reversible?

Decorticate response (GCS-4:112) or worse, decerebrate response (GCS-5:113), whatever the reason, are a sign of brain damage1. According to the US National Institute of Health: Decorticate posture: "...