Category Archives: Neurology

How Long Will Sciatica Pain Last?

Pain located in the lower back that radiates along the sciatic nerve is known as sciatica. This pain often ends in the foot and toes. Sciatica results due to an inflamed or pinched sciatic nerve, occurring after a herniated intervertebral disc, injury or muscle strain. How long will sciatica last? How Long Does Sciatica Last?… Read More »

Bell’s Palsy vs. Stroke

The nerve effects of Bell’s palsy are peripheral, while in a stroke, the nerve effect is central. As you can see in the figure, motor innervation in the forehead comes from both cerebral cortex hemispheres. A stroke with symptoms of facial paralysis would show drooping only in the lower part of the face, as the… Read More »

Hemiplegia vs Hemiparesis

Both hemiparesis and hemiplegia sound very similar, but each of them refers to different things. The use of these two words is often quite confusing because many professionals use the words interchangeably. There are even instances when a healthcare professional may start explaining your child’s condition using one word and then suddenly switch to the… Read More »

Physiology Of The Nervous System

The nervous system can be divided in the central nervous system [CNS] аnd the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain, the brainstem аnd the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of afferent nerves, which transmit information from the receptors to the CNS, аnd efferent nerves, which transmit information from… Read More »

When Seizures Are Not Epilepsy

If you or a loved one is continuing to experience seizures despite treatment with appropriate medications, it may be for one of three reasons: Because the medication dose is not sufficiently high to control the seizures. The chosen drug is not the optimal choice from among the many available. The epilepsy is inherently drug-resistant and difficult to control. However, in… Read More »

What You Need to Know About Stroke

The statistics are sobering: Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. As the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S., strokes are fatal to almost 130,000 people a year. Equally devastating, stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability in the U.S., creating mobility challenges and difficulties performing everyday… Read More »

Why Your Brain Has 2 Halves

The human brain evolved to have two halves — and a new review of previous research suggests that this dual design may confer special benefits. Scientists have long known that the differnt halves of human brains perform different functions. For example, the left half — or left hemisphere — is generally responsible for language and… Read More »

Experts Excited By Brain ‘Wonder-Drug’

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage. Now two… Read More »

The Curse Of The People Who Never Feel Pain

At the Institute of Human Genetics in Aachen, Germany, Dr Ingo Kurth is preparing for a rather unusual appointment. She’s collecting blood samples from Stefan Betz, a 21-year-old university student who suffers from a genetic disorder so rare that only a few hundred people worldwide are estimated to have it. Betz has congenital insensitivity to… Read More »