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brain and nervous system

Pregnancy
May 3, 2019

Foetal alcohol syndrome 101

You’re pregnant and your doctor has advised you steer clear of alcohol. But it can’t be such a big deal, right? Surely the odd glass of wine won’t do much damage? Wrong.
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Brain and Nervous System
January 23, 2019

How to boost your attention for better performance

The best way to power through any task or goal is to understand your brain's limitations and figure out ways to work around them. Your friends may work well with music in the background, but for you, it could be a distraction. Perhaps a quiet room works best and helps you concentrate. There are a few tips and tricks to help you develop excellent concentration and focusing skills; which is what will help you learn and perform better. Like any activity, concentration takes practice. If you want to be good at something, you must practise…. and you know what they…
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Brain and Nervous System
January 23, 2019

Trigeminal Neuralgia – how to treat this face shock

Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as TN, is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is a group of nerves, responsible for carrying sensations from your face to your brain. Each trigeminal nerve is made up of three branches that control the feelings for different parts of your face. They are: The ophthalmic branch controls your eye, upper eyelid, and forehead. The maxillary branch affects your lower eyelid, cheek, nostril, upper lip, and upper gum. The mandibular branch runs through your jaw, lower lip, lower gum, and some muscles you use for chewing. With trigeminal neuralgia, any…
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Brain and Nervous System
November 30, 2018

Could your child have Rett syndrome?

Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurological condition that affects mainly girls. When it comes to diagnosis, the age varies but often infants only start to show signs between the age of 12 and 18 months. Symptoms can come on suddenly or progress slowly over time. The most common symptoms of Rett syndrome include: Slowed growth. Stunted development can affect the size of a baby’s head (small head) and brain growth. This becomes clearer as your baby grows older. Lack of language skills. Kids with Rett syndrome may struggle with social and language skills between the ages of one to…
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Foot Care
November 30, 2018

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Do you often feel pain in the ball of your foot? Does it feel like there’s a pebble stuck in your shoe that’s putting pressure on your foot? If so, Morton’s neuroma could be the culprit. Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, specifically the area between your third and fourth toes. It is caused by the thickening of the tissue that surrounds one of the nerves leading to your toes. This results in a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes may also be affected and may burn, feel…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 22, 2018

What’s the difference between Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and fibromyalgia share many of the same symptoms and are often confused. Their commonalities include fatigue, pain, sleep disturbances, bladder, bowel and cognitive problems and most importantly, an impact on the ability to cope with daily life. Although the common symptoms can cause a mix-up for the diagnosis of either disease, they’re actually very different. Let’s get to know these conditions. ­­ What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition that involves chronic muscle pain and tenderness that affects the entire body. The exact cause for fibromyalgia hasn’t been found but researchers believe that the condition makes…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 8, 2018

What is Huntington’s disease?

Huntington’s disease is a progressive brain disorder in which parts of the brain stop working properly over time. It involves a loss of the ability to think properly, to regulate emotions and control movements. Adult-onset Huntington’s disease is the most common form of this disorder. Early signs and symptoms may include irritability, depression, small involuntary movements, poor coordination, trouble learning new information or a difficulty in making decisions. Many people with Huntington’s disease develop involuntary jerking or twitching movements, known as chorea. As the disease progresses, these movements become more pronounced. When this happens, they may have trouble walking, speaking,…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 8, 2018

Nootropics can boost your brain power

Do you often turn to coffee or an energy drink when you need a boost? Most of us do to get that quick wake-up fix. Now, you could also try “nootropics”; smart drugs which are natural substances, supplements, and other cognitive enhancers that can improve your memory, focus, creativity and help you feel motivated. How do nootropics work? For your brain to work effectively, it needs the right levels of neurotransmitters to be in the right place at the right time. Your brain is “needy”! Neurons are in a constant cycle of death (the complete and irreversible loss of brain…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 18, 2018

What causes the feeling of pins and needles?

Have you ever felt like your arms, legs or feet have fallen asleep after being in a position for too long, followed by a tingling sensation, as if you were being pricked by tiny needles? Also known as paraesthesia, this prickly, burning, tingling, numb, itchy sensation is usually harmless. In in some cases, though, it can be a sign of something more serious. What causes the tingling? It usually happens if you lean or lay awkwardly on your arm or leg. This can put pressure on a nerve or reduce the blood supply to the area you’re resting on. It usually…
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Food & nutrition
September 18, 2018

The best snacks to feed your brain

If you live on junk food, chocolates, energy drinks and chips, BE WARNED! These easy and tasty bites can be extremely harmful to your health, and affect your exam performance. Instead of these quick fixes, try the following to keep your energy levels up, and your brain focused: Pick fish For peak brain health and function, the healthiest types of fish you can eat are salmon, sardines and mackerel, as they have lots of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Herring and trout are other possible options. The recommended and cheapest meal on a student budget would be sardines on toast. Choose…
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