This is a brain of an Alzheimer's patient
What is Alzheimer's disease?
What is the role of the cell in Alzheimer's disease patients?
Gold, Susan. Alzheimer's Disease.
Peterson, Ronald (Ed.) . MayoClinic on Alzheimer's Disease.
This is a picture of a healthy Nerve cell.
What is Epilepsy?
- Epilepsy is
a brain condition characterized by seizures that occur again and again.
- Epilepsy is not; a disease, contagious, or a psychological disorder.
- Epilepsy is a seizure disorder.
- It is a common chronic neurological disorder, and often begins in childhood.
What Creates Seizures?
- A sudden
excessive electrical discharge that disrupts the normal activity of the nerve
- A change in a persons function or behavior may result, this change is a seizure.
What Are the Different Types of Seizures That Can Occur?
- There are two categories of seizures: Partial and Generalized.
1) PARTIAL SEIZURES:
~ Simple Partial - Person is aware and may involve sensory, motor, or autonomic symptoms.
~ Complex Partial - Person experiences changes in awareness, and often feels confused.
2) GENERALIZED SEIZURES:
~ Absence - Person stares blankly for ten seconds and then continues as if nothing happened. This involves the whole brain.
~ Tonic Clonic - Usually involves jerking movements throughout the whole body. This can involve part or all of the brain.
~ Atonic - Involves person falling suddenly to the ground. This involves the whole brain.
~ Myoclonic - This is a sudden jerk of one part of the body. This also involves the whole brain.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
When cells that produce dopamine die it is called Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson’s Disease is called a neuro-degenerated disease.
- There is currently no cure.
- Many research projects underway.
- Parkinson’s Disease progresses at a different rate in each person.
What are the most common Symptoms?
- Most common
symptoms are tremor, slowness, stiffness, impaired balance and rigidity of the
- Other symptoms are fatigue, soft speech, writing problems, stooped posture, constipation and sleep disturbance.
What can people do to ease these symptoms?
- See a physiotherapist for stretches and exercises that are right for you.
- Eat properly.
- Keep informed on what you have.
- Join a support group.
- Continue doing what makes you happy.
- Talk to your physician about when and what type of medication you can take.