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How Many Brain Cells Does A Concussion Kill
Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I heard that sleep deprivation can kill brain cells. How long does it actually takes till your brain cells start dying? (In 18yrs old person)
Research still out: Research has been done on mice and it's likely that it's also true for us - for them 3 days was enough for some cell death. That might be different in people but whatever, it's not a good thing. Brain cells die when we sneeze or do other such things but we have so very many! So, don't worry (that's not healthy) but do sleep regularly and enough! ...Read more
ALWAYS HOT: Overheating can cause heatstroke. So stay in a cool place like air conditioned room, take a bath often, drink plenty of cold drinks and relax. ...Read more
Paint: Some types of paint contain volatile organic compounds which can be carcinogenic. The major product that I am aware of that can specifically injure the brain is lead based paint (eating or inhaling small chips). ...Read more
Depends: Some gliomas are low grade, grow slowly, and are highly treatable, so patients live many years with them. Others are high grade, rapidly growing, and respond poorly to treatment, and do survival is shorter. Age, extent of resection, and some other genetic, epigenetic, and pathological variables also affect survival. Ask your doctor for referral to an expert. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Excessive alcohol consumption clearly leads to brain cell injury and , over time, can lead to a type of brain damage called encephalopathy. It can also lead to seizures ("rum fits"). This kind of drinking causes damage to other parts of the body as well. Primarily, the liver and kidneys. It can cause anemia and depress the immune system. Brain injury occuring while drinking leads to a worse outcom ...Read more
Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?
Imperfect barrier.: The blood brain barrier separates circulating blood from the brain proper. The barrier consists of tight junctions in cells lining the blood vessels in the brain as well as a thick basement membrane and processes from astrocytes (structural/supporting brain cells). This barrier helps to limit pathogens (bacteria) and cancers from entering the brain; however, no physiologic system is "perfect". ...Read more
Yes: The skull is an enclosed space with a brain in it. Any sort of tumor growing in the skull takes up space... but there's no extra space in there. Therefore, the tumor grows and compresses the brain, killing the patient. This is why non-cancerous brain tumors that grow big in size become life-threatening. ...Read more
If ritalin (methylphenidate) is the same as cocain in many ways, then does it cause serious brain damage ? Like killing brain cells.
It depends.: Ritalin or methylphenidate is a stimulant like cocaine. If taken improperly, it may have injurious effects to the brain. If taken as prescribed, then it should create minimal problems and in fact help you focus by stimulating the frontal cortex involved in finishing tasks and paying attention. Side effects include elevated blood pressure, tachycardia, insomnia and mild loss of appetite. ...Read more
Nobody knows: Older folks have fewer neurons than younge folks even controlling for vascular disease. There are some "pop" ideas that assume we lose them at a linear rate beginning at an arbitrary time during the teens. It is more likely that the rate accelerates in later middle age, may or may not be partly avoidable. Take care of your brain -- lifelong learning, overall good health, no substance abuse. ...Read more
What happens if someone got alzheimer;s disease, does it cause your brain not functioning or does it kill the brain cells?
Yes.: The brain cells die causing neurofibrillary tangles with amyloid deposits that completely destroy the architecture of the brain and destroys the communicating system between the brain and the rest of the body hence they are confused, forgetful and agitated because everything is always new to them. In the latter stages, they can't feed themselves, lose function of bladder and bowel. ...Read more
What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends,,: This depends on many factors, like your health and the type of brain tumor you might have. If the tumor is a benign one like ependymoma or a meningioma, surgical resection can bring remission or even a full cure and a normal lifespan is possible. If the tumor is malignant like a glioblastoma multiforme or even benign but in the spinal cord, prognosis can be very poor with a survival of months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4 minutes or more: In the event of a full blown cardiac arrest there can be brain damage in as little as 4 to 5 minutes without circulation at normal body temperature. If the body had been cooled by submersion in cold water it could be much longer. Less severe lack of oxygen will take longer to produce brain damage. ...Read more
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