Brain Disorders (Gray Matter) by Bryan C. Hains

By Bryan C. Hains

Delve into the numerous assorted explanations of mind problems: actual damage, bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, and start defects.

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Learn more about Huntington’s disease Search the Internet for dancing mania, black plague, or St. Vitus dance. 27 4 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis One of the most important theoretical physicists of all time, Stephen Hawking, is an immobile captive, unable to move his body as a result of motor neuron disease. He has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to communicate except through a custom-made computer. Despite his illness, Hawking has made perhaps the most important contributions to our understanding of space and time since those of Albert Einstein.

Like people with Parkinson’s disease, patients with HD exhibit degenerative changes within the basal ganglia, a cluster of midbrain nuclei that play a part in the control of muscle movements. In particular, the caudate and putamen structures (collectively known as the striatum) are involved in the planning and modulation of movement signals. The striatum also plays a role in cog- Folk singer Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) had Huntington’s disease. He inherited the disease from his mother, who died of HD when Woody was 15 years old.

A combination seizure known as tonic-clonic also exists. Tonic-clonic activity is associated with a combination of effects: loss of consciousness, stiffening of the body, and falling, followed by jerking movements of the arms and legs. These seizures were formerly known as grand mal seizures. After a few minutes of activity, the body returns to rest, and consciousness returns. Finally, atonic seizures involve the sudden and temporary loss of voluntary muscle tone. Partial seizures are perhaps more mysterious in their external appearance.

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