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Are binaural beats helpful in making new neural pathway connections in brain ?

Are binaural beats helpful in making new neural pathway connections in brain ?

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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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


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Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

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 more

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Disorganized activity of 7-8 c/sec alpha theta mix with delta waves nearly symetrical & synchronous over both hemisphere general cerebral dysrhythmia?

Disorganized activity of 7-8 c/sec alpha theta mix with delta waves nearly symetrical & synchronous over both hemisphere
general cerebral dysrhythmia?

Question?: If you are trying to assess the meaning of this EEG finding, it is best to go over it with your ordering physician. The EEG is meaningless without a clinical context, which presumably is why it was ordered. Speak to the ordering physician. ...Read more

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Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

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

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A lack of GABA and dopamine in asperger's syndrome? What role does serotonin play in asperger's?

A lack of GABA and dopamine in asperger's syndrome? What role does serotonin play in asperger's?

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

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Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

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

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Could the use of audio therapy(brainwave entrainment,isochronic tones) help to improve memory and concentration in adults with attention deficit?

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

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Is asd of the heart linked with autism in anyway?

Is asd of the heart linked with autism in anyway?

Not really: There are chromosomal disorders that have ASD and developmental delay as primary features, but that would be the only link. Di george syndrome and 22q11 syndrome, are two obvious examples. ...Read more

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Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?

Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?

Depression: No tests to diagnose depression. It is a clinical diagnosis means by seeing the patient asking question and mental status exam done by a doc. ...Read more

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Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

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 more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder recognizable in one's eeg?

Help please! is bipolar disorder recognizable in one's eeg?

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 more

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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?

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?

Breathing into a bag: This could be like breathing into a bag, your expired co2 is much higher than the atmosphere, but at high atmosphere pressure you could possible get neuro effects or a heart arrythmia from respiratory acidosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more