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Do Brain Cells Die And Stay Or Dissolve As We Age
They fade away: Dead brain cells are gradually digested and removed from the cranium by other cells nearby. Often the space occupied by the dead neuron (or glia too) is replaced by water, ie cerebrospinal fluid. Sometimes special brain cells, called fibrous astrocytes, fill the void left by departed neurons. ...Read more
Other way around: Actually, narcolepsy is caused by the death of brain cells, not the other way around. Some cells in the hypothalamus produce a chemical called orexin or hypocretin; this chemical in needed for normal sleep/wake cycles. In narcolepsy, these cells are destroyed by your own body (autoimmune), resulting in the loss of the chemical. Presently, there is no way to directly replace the chemical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep deprivation: Refer to diagram.Get a more detailed answer ›
Radiofrequency: Cell phones are a source of radio frequency radiation, however at this time, there is lack of significant evidence to show that cell phones can lead to an increased risk to formation of brain tumors or any other health conditions. Many of the studies already done have biases or data that is not conclusive. ...Read more
There are many: There are many diseases/conditions of the brain that can cause an early death. Certainly, there are the infections such as meningitis. As a neurosurgeon, surgical causes such as brain tumors or hydrocephalus or bleeds from arteriovenous malformations are on our list of possibilities. External causes such as traumatic brain injury are certainly also well known causes of death in this age group. ...Read more
Can "breath holding" contests cause damage to the brain if contestants hold their breath for 1-2 minutes? Do brain cells begin to die in this time?
Can sleeping too much- I have depression- cause brain cells to die or to shut down or cause delay in thinking?
A blood clot in arm/chest or leg would I be able to feel it & would that mean if it reaches my heart/lungs/brain I die or can it dissolve alone ?
Well : Blood clot's are always serious. Cannot diagnosis by chat. Consult primary care doctorface-to-face promptly or go to emergency room if you're having symptoms now for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
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