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Does learning sign language still stimulate the language portions of the brain?

Does learning sign language still stimulate the language portions of the brain?

Should reinforce: Any type of communication interaction should reinforce cognitive brain connections, and enhance both working and procedural memory abilities. ...Read more

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(not depressed) weakness beyond belief breathing, talking, moving slow cognitive functions loss of emotions/feelings no adrenaline limbs no energy?

(not depressed) weakness beyond belief breathing, talking, moving slow cognitive functions loss of emotions/feelings no adrenaline limbs no energy?

Med eval.: 29 year old male with these symptoms, makes we wonder about things like an infection (such as mononucleosis), neurological problem, anemia, an endocrine imbalance (i.e., thyroid, testosterone, etc.) or depression (even though you said you aren't depressed). Don't know why you are taking vitamin B12 & viagra (sildenafil). Don't know length of sxs. This requires thorough medical evaluation to evaluate. ...Read more

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How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

Uncommon: Very uncommon. Periventricular leukomalacia, or white matter pathology, represents some pathological process has occurred or is occurring. This would require an understanding of cause and perhaps an action plan wrt treatment, if possible. ...Read more

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Breathlessness in humans activates insular cortex. What does this mean?

Breathlessness in humans activates insular cortex. What does this mean?

You read a paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10923655 some people were put in a color pet scanner and were made to hold their breath. The signal from the insular cortex changed, as it does from other uncomfortable things. The results were published in an obscure journal. This is not cutting-edge science or surprising, though i'm glad someone does studies like this. ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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8 months after TB meningitis, she still has issues with walking & cognition recent MRI say chronic lacunar infarct in right thalamus& left basal ganglia & dilated lateral ventricles, will she recover?

8 months after TB meningitis, she still has issues with walking & cognition recent MRI say chronic lacunar infarct in right thalamus& left basal ganglia & dilated lateral ventricles, will she recover?

PT/Hearing check: Neurologic development in an infant is an ongoing process. After a serious infection, there may be long term effects but it is difficult to predict. It is important to have her hearing and eyes checked. Physical therapy can help her coordination. Ensuring that the infection is fully treated by following up and having all her vaccinations up to date will also help in her recovery.I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean?Delayed simultaneous waves, minimum amplitude, failures peristalsis in the proximal esophagus, distal and middle, git transit time 21s.

What does it mean?Delayed simultaneous waves, minimum amplitude, failures peristalsis in the proximal esophagus, distal and middle, git transit time 21s.

Motility disorder: This sounds like an esophageal manometry study suggestive of either diffuse esophageal spasm or a subtype of achalasia. Differentiating between the two would require knowledge of whether the lower esophageal sphincter sufficiently relaxes during swallowing. Your gastroenterologist should be able to interpret this for you. If it is achalasia (which i suspect), several treatments are available. ...Read more

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What affects IQ more? Nature or nurture?

What affects IQ more? Nature or nurture?

Old debate: Iq is a combination of the inherited potential capacity combined with the proper environment to nurture that capacity. You cannot control the inheritance but you can optimize the nurture aspect with diet, constant use of brain stimulating factors such as lifelong learning, reading, puzzle performance, learning a foreign language and so on. ...Read more

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Moms holter test shows ventricular ectopic beats.In 89307 beats total aw 133,isolated 112,pairs 4,abberant 0,runs 3&run beats 13.rhythym is sinus.help?

Moms holter test shows ventricular ectopic beats.In 89307 beats total aw 133,isolated 112,pairs 4,abberant 0,runs 3&run beats 13.rhythym is sinus.help?

Not enough info: What distinguishes the significance of a rhythm disturbance is what the condition of the heart is, not the rhythm per se. Your mother needs an evaluation which includes information about how strong her heart is and whether she has evidence of blocked arteries. Other considerations are what meds she takes, her use of nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, and what symptoms, if any, she has. Warm wishes. ...Read more

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Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Search for cause: The term "cerebral atrophy" is generic and does not explain why your dad is impaired. You truly need to have a full neurological evaluation, as the symptoms do raise concerns regarding many potential problems. Some of these issues could be associated with vitamin deficiencies, some from an inflammatory condition. Even might be due to a prion infection. Need to vigorously pursue. ...Read more

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Something in the cerebral hemispheres controlling motor function?

Something in the cerebral hemispheres controlling motor function?

Motor Stip: The cerebral hemispheres have the central fissure. Sort of sepeartes the front part of the brain from the back part of the brain. Anterior or closer to the eyes is a strip of brain that controls almost all motor function and behind the fissue is a strip that controls almost all sensory function. http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_06/d_06_cr/d_06_cr_mou/d_06_cr_mou.html. ...Read more

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What does brain with intact symmetric 7th and 8th cranial nerve bundle complexes means?

What does brain with intact symmetric 7th and 8th cranial nerve bundle complexes means?

That means normal: That is a normal finding, in particular, for the 7th and 8th cranial nerves. They must have been looking at these because of dizziness, hearing symptoms, or facial weakness. ...Read more

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What condition causes delay in processing verbal command?

What condition causes delay in processing verbal command?

Can't answer: There are several possibilities, but your question does not provide enough information to even guess at an answer. If you're seriously concerned seek a consultation with a neurologist or a neuropsychologist. ...Read more

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How to diagnose upper motor neuron lesion in patient with amputated four limbs?

How to diagnose upper motor neuron lesion in patient with amputated four limbs?

Neurologist: The physical exam findings will be more difficult to see, but a neurologist will be able to examine the patient and might elect to do testing such as an EMG which tests the conduction of the nerves. ...Read more

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Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum? My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum?  My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Statistics unavailab: Palilalia can occur in both. Reports would implicate tourette's as most common, but it has been reported in autism and asperger's. Formal comparative incidence studies appear to be unavailable at this time. Perhaps one of my colleagues in research will comment further. ...Read more

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Difference between auto erotic asphyxilation and cross leg orgasm by holding breadth?

Difference between auto erotic asphyxilation and cross leg orgasm by holding breadth?

Sex practices: Auto erotic asphyxiation usually entails some external, mechanical means of preventing breathing. Very dangerous. Cross leg orgasm by holding breath can cause similar sensation (less oxygen to brain leading to euphoria sensation) combined with orgasm can certainly heighten the sensation. Much safer also as you can always breath when you want. It you pass out, ok...you will breath again. ...Read more

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Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

Ability/achievement: Intellectual disability (mr) is classically defined as having an overall iq of <70 with low scores in social/adaptive functioning in 3/10 areas (ability to function independently in society). A learning disaabilty is an unexpected difficulty learning in a child with an average to above average iq. Classically, achievement scores are 15 points or greater less than iq in reading, writing or math. ...Read more

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What's the difference between inattention in ADHD (short attention span) and spacing out?

What's the difference between inattention in ADHD (short attention span) and spacing out?

Quite similar: The attentional problems with adhd are of two broad types: inattention and distractiibility. Inattention is trouble staying focused on a topic, even with the best of intentions, and "spacing out" can be a manifestation of that. Distractibility has to do with being unable to a new element in the environment when one needs to stay focused on something else, jumping from one activity to another. ...Read more