Neurodegenerative Disorders

Black-and-white x-ray of a skull with probes
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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ALS is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the legendary baseball player.
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Your brain’s electrical signals travel from node to node in their journey along nerve axons.
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A protein involved in long-term memory formation may hold a clue to understanding Alzheimer’s disease.
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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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  • 4 min
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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This progressive disorder strikes approximately 5,600 Americans annually, with an average survival time of just two to five years from symptom onset.
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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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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.