Tagneurological disorder

Two years ago, I met someone with a condition called dystonia. Even as someone with a science background, I had never heard of the disorder—in fact, I would not have noticed his illness without being told since the symptoms of dystonia are mostly controlled by medication. Because so much about the human brain has yet … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurological disorder that causes memory loss and destroys important cognitive functions. It’s highly prevalent among seniors, affecting one in every nine people over the age of 65, and is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although much of Alzheimer’s remains a mystery, we do know that … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is a genetic brain disorder that eventually leads to the destruction of brain cells. In the early stages of the disease, the brain’s synapses, or connections between brain cells, are destroyed. The current notion is that the elimination of these connections is what leads to memory loss in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. … Read More

When you make facial expressions, use gestures, or simply write, you are using something known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to forms of communication other than oral speech that allow people to express themselves. This type of communication is especially important for people with disabilities that prevent or limit oral communication. Augmentative … Read More

A recent study found that an amino acid, whose function in the body was previously unknown, acts as a seizure inhibitor in mice. These findings could have an important impact on the development of anti-seizure therapies in epilepsy patients. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the body that are necessary for survival. There … Read More

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder. It slowly develops, often beginning with a slight tremor in the limbs. Other symptoms include slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture, and changes in speech and writing. The brains of people with Parkinson’s disease display Lewy bodies–clumps of substances within brain cells–and are markers for the disease. Parkinson’s … Read More

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