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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 ASDH and AS in the context of "cause of death"?

Several folks working together (Chris Rogers, agoodnurse, Carey Gregory) come to a consensus about this certificate as follows. CVA is virtually certain to be "Cerebrovascular Accident," ...
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What's the name of the function that helps localise part of body without looking?

The term you are looking for is "proprioception". Briefly, it works because you have sensors in your own muscles and joints that can sense their stretch and position.
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Why don't people replace morphine with Beta-Endorphines?

One of the reasons is stability. According to this paper from 1979, the half-life of β-endorphin in 3 patients was measured at 37 minutes. This is in contrast to morphine, which has an elimination ...
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Why nephrotic syndrome does not present with haematuria?

If you remember the structure of the glomerulus there are three barriers that regulate the filtration process: the first barrier is endothelial cells which has spaces between them that allow the ...
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Meaning of "lower limit of normal + 20% over basal value" in a description of a blood lactate analysis (after glucose load)

I received an answer from Rudolf Korinthenberg (University of Freiburg), one of the authors: The normal value for serum lactate is 0.5 – 2.2 mmol/l. We have measured this repeatedly and found all the ...
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The effect of dietary protein on neurodegeneration

There really isn't enough research to say more or less dietary protein is "better" for Alzheimer's in the long-term (Review Article - Protein and Alzheimer's). In the short-term, Alzheimer's ...
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Why is multiple sclerosis associated with trigeminal neuralgia?

The reason for that association is not known. Neither etiology of these two diseases is undiscussed. Arguably, neighbouring veins exerting pressure on the trigeminal nerve cause trigeminal neuralgia....
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Are the surgical site infections "in the brain" caused by same bacteria found in "other parts of the body"?

The predominant organism was coagulase-negative staphylococci, of which most were methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (MRCoNS). All were susceptible to vancomycin, linezolid, ...
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Would a SARS-CoV-2 infection disrupt the blood-brain barrier, leaving the brain more vulnerable to drugs taken simultaneously with the infection?

The Rhea et al. article on SARS-CoV-2 suggests that the S1 protein crosses the BBB by a specific mechanism (general albumin protein does not cross at the same time), so no general disruption of the ...
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