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Is there any health risk in cellular phones?

The IARC has concluded that cell phones are a "possible carcinogen" due to the amount of evidence going both directions. The gist of it is summarised on the website itself: Cell phones emit ...
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What is the name of the sense that keeps track of where your body parts are?

This so-called sixth sense is called kinesthesia or proprioception. There are some slight differences between the two, in that kinesthesia only refers to moving parts, whereas your proprioceptive ...
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Is there any health risk in cellular phones?

Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as from x-rays, is known to increase the risk of cancer. However, although many studies have examined the potential health effects of non-ionizing radiation from ...
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Can the blood accumulated after stroke be cured?

First of all, I am going to stay quite “general” as I understand you are not from the field. The aim of my post is really to provide some clarifications to your question. There are two types of ...
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What factors influence the memorization in a young adult?

Memory is a complex cognitive function which relies on several neuronal pathways. Without wanting to go into too much details, the process of memorization is dependent on three different steps: ...
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breathing in versus injecting mercury (the gas)

The problem here is the over-simplified (and inaccurate) idea that Thiomersal = mercury, it's not, rather it is a compound (chemical formula: C9H9HgNaO2S) that has mercury atoms in it's molecules, the ...
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what does this abnormality (arachnoid cyst) mean in a brain MRI?

First of all, your "main question" contains a lot of small other questions, which I think are difficult to answer as we are not your sister's neurologist (we haven't seen the MRI, we haven't examined ...
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Can thinking too much lead to brain damage?

No A cerebral hemorrhage (also spelled haemorrhage) is a type of intracranial hemorrhage that occurs within the brain tissue. It can be caused by brain trauma, or it can occur spontaneously in ...
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Skin receptors on finger tip

I'll assume you're only asking about mechanoreceptors, else it gets too murky. Humans have four types of mechanoreceptors. Meissner corpuscle, innervated by RA1 (rapidly adapting type 1) nerve ...
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What can cause a visual disturbance followed by a headache?

What you're describing has been known since antiquity. What you first describe (an arc-like enlargening area of blurry vision) has been called a scintillating scotoma and artists and patients alike ...
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Can ElectroConvulsive Therapy help us to forget our memories?

Is it possible to forget our past(bad memories) through Electroconvulsive Therapy? No. To simplify somewhat, ECT is associated with: immediate general cognitive and memory dysfunction represented ...
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Looking for studies about how blood pressure changes are perceived by our brain

This study published in 2014 provides an excellent review of the physiological mechanisms of cerebral blood flow regulation (open access): Willie CK et al. Integrative regulation of human brain blood ...
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Why do neurostimulators for DBS need to be implanted?

TL;DR: Placing it in the chest or abdomen actually makes perfect sense. There are several reasons why your ideas won't work, at least with current technologies. why not either a) have the pulses be ...
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What are the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation for mental function?

Most of the time it is critically important to realize that sleep deprivation is very often due to unrecognized sleep disorders. After a typical night's sleep, you may not feel restored and refreshed ...
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Fainted history in both myself and my father. Can it be related?

There is, unfortunately, no yes or no answer to this, especially not on-line. However, these information can help: There can be various underlying causes of fainting, mostly cardiovascular or ...
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Is the Fight or Flight response considered voluntary or involuntary?

The "fight or flight response" occurs under the control of the autonomic nervous system, which is to a great degree (but not completely) involuntary. The autonomic nervous system regulates certain ...
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Does carbon monoxide poisoning make you tired before it kills you?

Does carbon monoxide poisoning make you tired before it kills you? The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can vary per person it affects, and it can also depend on the the levels of exposure to ...
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How to keep the brain in an excited state?

What worked for me (and many others!) was exercise. After trying many antidepressants, I tried running. What got me motivated was an old article that I read about a clinical trial done by the ...
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How do you tell a brain-dead patient from a living one?

Once the decision to proceed with the brain death determination has been made, three conditions must be present: coma, the absence of brainstem reflexes, and apnea. Coma should be evaluated by ...
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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?

Lowered brain activity in a PET scan isn't necessarily bad. It depends on what part of the brain is less active than usually and whether this is a permanent or transient state. Our brains are less ...
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Does sleep irregularity affect my brain and health?

Sleep irregularity In children, values for lower sleep duration were found to be strongly associated with increased metabolic risk. Although obese children did not display radically different ...
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Avoiding acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary & cerebral edema

I checked literature on this and found that following general measures are helpful to prevent acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE): ...
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Which chemicals or drugs cause retrograde amnesia?

First, let's define retrograde amnesia carefully. You'll find many sources listing drugs that cause retrograde amnesia but they're using the term incorrectly. From http://www.human-memory.net/...
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What is the difference between Axon terminal and Synapses

If you have a look at one of the most famous reference book in neuroscience "Principles of neural science" by Kandel (Fifth Edition), on page 22: There is this figure: And here is the description of ...
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How good, and for how long, can endorphins really make you feel?

There seems to be a misconception at the driving part of the question. Exercise has more effects (on the brain) than just stimulating a few synapses. That is indeed a vague and vastly incomplete ...
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What are the functions of these parts of the brain (MRI)?

Three spots in the brain do not automatically mean three different symptoms. Even if those spots are abnormal, they do not necessary cause any damage. A doctor in the "2. MRI report" says there are: ...
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Is forgetting certain spellings a sign of Alzheimer's?

There are four cognitive symptom categories for Alzheimer's disease: aphasia, amnesia, apraxia, agnosia. These are broad categories that our brains handle somewhat separately. People frequently do ...
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Any research on brain's processes involved in evil actions?

When you put it that way... "...a cerebral circuit of evil..." ...no, that is absolutely ridiculous (no offense). In the human body (and generally in nature) there are only physical and ...
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Ringing in ears

Most people describe ringing in ears as tinnitus. From a medical perspective, the definition of tinnitus is a real mess. It is typically described as a symptom and not a disease and diagnosis is often ...
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Does diffusion MRI (DWI & DTI) measure diffusion or osmosis?

Diffusion of water. Osmosis is movement of water across a membrane due to solute changes. In the case of diffusion tensor MRI, the whole point is that there is more diffusion along the same axis as ...
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