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Doctor insights on: Brain Development In Preemies

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My question is whether grade 4 brain bleed is the same as pvl are they used interchangeably? My preemie son has grade but no pvl was found

My question is whether grade 4 brain bleed is the same as pvl are they used interchangeably? My preemie son has grade but no pvl was found

No: Pvl relates to the degradation of the white matter in the brain layers near the cerebral ventricles.A kid may or may not develop pvl after a bleed but it may take time for it to become evident. A kid can also develop leukomalacia without a well defined cause. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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Had MRI found I have inlarged ventrolies in brain. Told I should be developmentely delayed. I'm not I was a 31 week preemie why did dr say this.

Had MRI found I have inlarged ventrolies in brain. Told I should  be developmentely delayed. I'm not I was a 31 week preemie why did dr say this.

Best to: ask the doctor who said this. Regardless of what was said, the fact that you are a healthy and bright 19 year old is a testament to the excellent care you must have received as a 31 week preemie. ...Read more

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Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Yes: Research shows that alcohol in any amount is toxic to the developing brain of a child or adolescent. ...Read more

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Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read more

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I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...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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I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

I started drinking somewhat heavily when I was 15. I have quitted it now. I feel like brain development was stunted. Am I stuck like this forever?

Not stuck!: The brain can heal from heavy alcohol use. The post-acute withdrawal period can last up to 18 months and it can take that long to feel as if you are thinking normally again. Good luck! ...Read more

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I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development; how will i know if this actually works.How can I make her attentive to the music playing?

I heard classical music is good for baby's brain development; how will i know if this actually works.How can I make her attentive to the music playing?

Don't try: Your purpose is providing developmentally appropriate stimulation for your child is not to make the child do something, but to provide a playful situation in which the child has the opportunity for learning and experiencing novel or pleasing activities. ...Read more

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Nutrition for better brain development?

Nutrition for better brain development?

DHA & EPA: If you mean better brain development in a baby, you need plenty of dha (an essential fatty acid that's a component of fish oil, along with epa). It's also needed for healthy brain maintenance in adults. Your body can make dha from flax and blue-green algae, but not very efficiently. Calamarine supplements (from tiny squid) are another option. Epa is important also, especially vs. Inflammation. ...Read more

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What kind of music is good for baby's brain development?

What kind  of music is good for baby's brain development?

Classical: Classical music has a more complex musical structure. Babies as young as 3 mos. Can pick out that structure & recognize classical music selections they have heard before. Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. Listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music. ...Read more