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Beta Brainwaves In Autism
No: Binaural beats have been studied for decades by neurophysiologists for clues to how the brain processes sensory input. Studies I've seen suggest that they MAY elicit transient alterations in some aspects of mood or cognition. I've seen NOTHING to substantiate the ludicrous claims made by the binaural-beat lunatic fringe on YouTube etc., whose enthusiasm far outstrips their understanding. ...Read more
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.
A few comments: Yes, lupus cerebritis can occur. Spinal fluid measure of P-ribosomal protein might help. Your myoclonic seizures could be Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, and could benefit from Depakote or Keppra (levetiracetam). Your emotional state could be assessed by psychiatry. Recommend you see a neurologist, and have all of this looked at thoroughly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has cerebral palsy, autism, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, mental retardation, lower left lobe of brain is missing, strabismus and was born?
Disorganized activity of 7-8 c/sec alpha theta mix with delta waves nearly symetrical & synchronous over both hemisphere
general cerebral dysrhythmia?
Unusually high level: of the signaling peptide BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) have been detected in children w/ autism. BDNF regulates birth and differentiation of brain cells (neurons). Barbara Hempstead et al (Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ) propose that BDNF may be over-expressed in the brains of these children, causing neurological defects that lead to the disorder but causation not yet proven. ...Read more
Aspergers: Research is suggesting spectrum kids may be awash in serotonin in utero. There is speculation that ssri's may not be the best route in treating some of the difficulties associated with the spectrum because there may already be too much serotonin. Hopefully, future research will clarify. This is my take on the spectrum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more
Migraine with aura-can causes b faulty willis circuitry in the brain, open p.F.O in the heart? Can cumulative vascular damage occur untreated attacks?
Yes: People with pfo tend to have problems with headaches. Generally it is thought that fixing the pfo helps. ...Read more
Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?
see below: Most studies indicate by age 25 or 26, in males, the final frontal lobe development is in place, especially orbital frontal areas. Does occur a few years earlier in females. ...Read more
Could the use of audio therapy(brainwave entrainment,isochronic tones) help to improve memory and concentration in adults with attention deficit?
No: No research has supported the efficacy of these treatments for ADHD. The best therapy for ADHD is an appropriate medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for support. Good reliable sources of information for parents with kids with ADHD (or other issues) are the AAP parent site: healthychildren.org and the Nemours site: kidshealth.org. Best of luck! ...Read more
Fleisher et al (Neurology, 2011) found Depakote accelerated brain atrophy in Alzheimer's. Should those with family history of Alz. avoid Depakote?
Recent EEG a posterior dominant background rhythm of 10-11 hz, and 20-50microvolt amplitude reactive to eye open/closing. Is this ok? Have part, eplespy
It's okay.: Those are completely normal findings.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?
Can patients (age 12) with autism and seizure disorder experience gains in cognitive and social function post seizure activity?
Seizure/Autism: Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not that we know.: However, if asking whether it's genetic or not, there seems to be a genetic component to all of those disorders with odd (opositional defiant disorder) having no known link. Anxiety, especially panic disoder and agoraphobia, have a somewhat stronger link but not to the degree tourettes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have. No brain "development issues" have been found in these disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly, not surely: One small study has shown that bipolar patients -- even when not in a mood episode -- have decreased Alpha activity in their eeg's. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3253163/ they were also free of medications for at least 2 weeks for the study. The authors feel this may differentiate bipolar from schizophrenia eeg's. It doesn't seem diagnostically definitive on its own, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: they do.Get a more detailed answer ›
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd) is a growing concern in the united states. How does ADHD differ?
Rephrasing: what are risks (beyond barotrauma) of being in high pco2 atmosphere at 2.4 ata? Presumably pco2 diffuses as o2 would in hbot? Dangers?
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