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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How could Lyrica (pregabalin) cause hallucinations?

I've heard of this happening on rare occasion, but I cannot figure out a sensible mechanism. I have some limited understanding of neurology and the function of GABA, and I know that ethanol (a GABA ...
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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 neurological or scientific explanation for déjà vu?

Is there a neurological or scientific explanation of déjà vu? Why do we experience it? Is it a suppressed-memory that we have forgotten about for whatever reason -- sort of like cryptomnesia? Or is ...
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Dopamine deficit consequences for PD

I am currently working on a project related to Parkinson's disease, and I learnt a lot about how PD develops. In this context, I ran into a question that I could not answer myself. As PD results in a ...
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Are there any long-term health benefits/ disadvantages of wearing socks, especially woolies?

Are there any long-term health benefits/ disadvantages of wearing socks, especially woolies ?
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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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Is there a disease that involves progressive loss of feeling, a tremor, and muscle twitches? [closed]

I have seen multiple doctors, including a neurologist, who are bewildered by my symptoms. Upon altering the dose of lamotrigine from 400 mg to 375 mg, and then back up to 400 mg (split into two ...
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Healthy way to become numb [closed]

What can I do to enter a numb state of being so that I don't feel constantly dragged down, fatigue, stress, and all the other downs people experience? For years I've tried exercising, eating healthy, ...
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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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Antihypertensive as a treatment for Tourette's. (And Antihypotensive to make blood pressure normal?)

So...I'm 30 years old and have Tourette's syndrome since 9. I never took any medication because most of then are antipsychotics and have very scary side-effects. Now, apparentely some ...
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What is the difference between Axon terminal and Synapses

I've read from a book that axon terminals make connections on target cells. I understand it. but at another line they said that Neuron-to-neuron connections are made onto the dendrites and cell ...
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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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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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no medication treatments for MS

What are the no-medication treatments for Multiple sclerosis (MS) ? Based on many papers, sport and meditation can help to keep the immune system and the body healthier which leads to a higher level ...
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Stuttering problems

I am a college student with stuttering problems. My first language is Spanish and my second language is English. I came to the U.S four years ago. I didn't stutter that much back then on my first days ...
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Way to measure different degrees of a mental disorder? [closed]

Is it possible to have a disorder that might only display some of the symptoms, is not as defined, or episodic, making it "borderline"? Is there a way to measure, or at least express the severity of a ...
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Can unruptured brain aneurysm symptoms come and go?

Lets say a person has many symptoms of a unruptured brain aneurysm, but they're rather subtle, and seem to change from one symptom to another. They come and go. Is that possible? Or, if they were ...
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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 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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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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Does pain lower resistance to addiction?

For a little background, I'm known by everyone in my circle of family/friends for being the most healthy. I eat far less than most people do and it's usually fresh vegetables and things like chicken ...
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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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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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Is it true that humans use 10% only of the brain on a regular basis? [closed]

The movie Lucy said that humans use 10%. I wonder if this is true, and if it is, how is it so. Also, where can we place those people with high and low IQs in terms of percentage of brain usage?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Strong earthquake sensation in one's head, what could it be? [closed]

Patient is in early 70s, female, very healthy, but has a slight thyroid deficiency issue that is adequately treated with the relevant drugs. Now, she occasionally (rarely) mentions that she ...
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What could cause transient binocular vision loss? [duplicate]

I have episodes of transient binocular vision loss. The progression of an episode is very predictable: I start noticing some letters missing in text. Slowly, it evolves to a point half of my vision is ...
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Is the Fight or Flight response considered voluntary or involuntary? [closed]

Is the Fight or Flight response considered voluntary or involuntary? can this response be trained? Meditation?
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Language decline due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy

I'm looking for references to studies on language decline due to progressing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). A preliminary search on google only gave me general info like "word loss, memory ...
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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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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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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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Treatment for mild Tourette syndrome

I have a friend who has had Tourette syndrome since he was a child. He is 26 now, the Tourette is mild, involving shoulder twitching. Is there any treatment that bring the syndrome to a negligible/...
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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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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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How many senses do we have?

Although we are taught in school that we have five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing), the real number is much higher. Among others, we also have the following senses: Kinesthesia (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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-...