Neurodegenerative Disorders

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A new treatment for Parkinson's disease and other disorders arises from an outbreak of contaminated street drugs — and years of painstaking brain research.
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Facial recognition is a key social skill, but one in 50 people have trouble recognizing familiar faces.
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Recent studies on the prevalence of brain diseases and disorders provide a stunning picture of mental health in Europe.
  • Federation of European Neurosciences
Many people have a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Hear a young girl’s story of her grandfather’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and learn more about this disease.

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Teach your students about brain anatomy and function, learning and memory, degenerative disorders, and more with this curriculum unit.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Can we use human medicine to figure out what makes zombies... zombies?
  • TED
Dementia is a description of any progressive disorder that takes away a person’s cognitive and functional abilities.
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Brain plasticity (from the Greek word ‘plastos’ meaning molded) refers to the extraordinary ability of the brain to modify its own structure and function following changes within the body or in the external environment.
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Molecules that are important in brain development may help treat or prevent brain injuries and disorders.
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Currently approved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease do not modify the course of the disease and offer only temporary mitigation of some symptoms, such as agitation, anxiety, unpredictable behavior, sleep disturbances, and depression.
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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects approximately 1.5 million individuals in the United States. Typically, people start showing symptoms over the age of 50. In fact, aging is the only known risk factor for the development of this disorder.
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One of the most frightening and devastating of all neurological disorders is the dementia that can occur in the elderly. The most common form of this illness is Alzheimer’s disease.
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The discovery in the late 1950s that the level of dopamine was decreased in the brains of Parkinson’s patients was followed in the 1960s by successful treatment with the drug levodopa, which is converted to dopamine in the brain. This historical event is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in the field of neurology.
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