Category Archives: Brain

New Hope On the Horizon for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

While it was well known that most patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis did not develop Alzheimer’s, it was thought to be due to the NSAID doses they took. Now, it seems that GM-CSF that is produced by RA patients is the cause. Human trials may soon be on the horizon. Continue reading

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Does Acupuncture Work? Does Our Brain Care?

This is the second study (of which I am aware) that has demonstrated that Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and a sham facsimile provided similar improvements in pain manifested by patients. It seems just the thought that we are being treated for pain helps. Continue reading

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Parkinson’s Disease and Cognitive Impairment

Many Parkinson’s disease patients also suffer from cognitive impairment. It is not clear if this is related to Lewy bodies (for which a test is sought); but the administration of L-dopa only improves the motor function impairment and not the cognitive deterioration. Continue reading

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Reading is Fundamental… and a relatively new skill

Reading seems to start in the “letterbox region” just beyond the left ear- and from there information is further process across both hemispheres. Our brain processes the data in chunks, and it requires the coordination of scanning, visual processing, and speech. Continue reading

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Brain Scan detects Autism in Adults; Next step is to determine utility in children

A brain scan (MRI) has been developed that provides diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adults. With its quick results (15 minute test) and low projected price ($150), it is hoped that therapies will be administered earlier to afford the ASD subject a more normal lifestyle. The next step is to determine utility in children (all testing was done with adults). Continue reading

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Not quite a treatment- but we can now tell IF Alzheimer’s will develop

Over the past years, we have begun to understand more about Alzheimer’s disease; it now seems that it takes about a decade for full-scale symptoms to appear- and once they have, it’s too late to save the brain from the disease. A new test seems to be able to predict who will detect the disease within five to ten years. Continue reading

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Our Personalities Reflect Different Sizes of Brain Regions- Or Vice-Versa

We know that neurotransmitters and hormones affect our brain centers. We know that different areas of the brain are associated with different actions, thoughts, and processes. Now, we also know that our personality correlates with the relative sizes of regions of the brain. Continue reading

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Spinal Cord Regrowth May Be Possible- but not tomorrow.

The ability to grow brain and spinal cord nerve cells is present at birth- and starts to disappear just like that as we age. So, when we incur an injury to the spine or the brain- the axons can’t regenerate. It is thought that since these areas are replete with nerves and nerve fibers, they send signals to stop new connections from forming. By stopping new pathways from forming, our brain can’t be confused with by incorrect signals that could result from the new pathways. Continue reading

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TBI- traumatic brain injury- NFL, US Armed Forces, Vehicular Accidents…

Diffuse Axonal Injury is among the most common types of brain injury. The axon (part of the neuron or nerve cell) , which expands during rapid acceleration/deceleration, develops kinks. The neuron may undergo repair- or totally disappear – at the location of the kink. Continue reading

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New tests to discern Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury affects 1.7 million people a year- mostly kids and troops. There is hope that a new test can diagnose these quickly- and accurately- to preclude tremendous damage. Continue reading

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