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Medulla Oblongata Function
Why ask?: That is a very unusual question to ask ...Read more
My dad has injured on head last four days ago. Doctors said blood clotting in medulla oblongata..whats your opinion sir? What we sir?
Not sure of ?: Involvement of the medulla oblongata is a posterior fossa structure, which controls a whole host of autonomic and voluntary things, which could be very severe. It isn't clear what the question is with respect to opinion, but regardless, speaking with your doctors regarding expectations and approach will be very important for your father's care. ...Read more
My medulla oblongata extends too far into my neck. I am told it is a birth anomaly. I have head and neck pains. Is there any treatment - non invasive?
Yes: The Adrenal Medulla Secretes Adrenaline, (epinephrine, norepinephrine). Flight or Fight response. If your doctor is concerned (condition resulting in an abnormal or increase secretion). They can check hormones via blood and urine tests. The endocrinology doctor will follow this if you have abnormalities. These are not routine screening tests. They are done if there is a clinical indication (sxs) ...Read more
Exercise it!: Scientific research shows that challenging your brain makes it stronger! Learn a second language, do mental puzzles, or go back to school/college and learn something new. Also exercising, eating healthy, dancing and being socially active have been shown to boost mental sharpness and protect the brain against deterioration usually seen in dementia. ...Read more
Brain function: Make sure your environment is comfortable and quiet when you study. Reading aloud and studying with friends (not gossiping!) may help you remember things better. Some people find that number and word puzzles improves their memory. There really is no good supplement/vitamin that has been shown to help. Make sure you're getting enough sleep (7-8 hours per night) and eating well balanced meals. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Mental performance will be at its best when a person is well rested, well fed, not ill and in a comfortable setting. Sleep deprivation causes a predictable decline in performance. To this extent, naps that help one catch up with a sleep deficit will be helpful. Most mature adults can function well on 7-8 hours of sleep/24h. Performance in excess of capability is unlikely due to extra sleep. ...Read more
Growing evidence: Growing evidence shows that meditation not only impacts brain function, but actual physical structure. In people who meditate consistently, the amygdala (the brain's emotional "alarm" system) decreases in size, and the prefrontal cortex increases in thickness. Emotion regulation improves, along with ability for cognitive reappraisal & empathy. Relaxation alone does not explain these changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Jury is still out: Dark chocolate (not processed stuff in the candy store) but REAL dark chocolate is believed to improve blood flow to the brain for a period of time. Other benefits may be associated such as increased serotonin and endorphin levels, may reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients, & could lower LDL (bad cholesterol) by 12-15%. I think it's early to know EXACTLY wassup-- but ENJOY all the same. ...Read more
Not if prescribed: If you have been evaluated properly and the correct diagnosed correctly, these medications are very appropriate and there is no ethical issue involved. Each state controlled the use of them and the physician has to follow those laws which are there to prevent over prescribing and abuse. ...Read more
Can you tell me how split brain studies provide insight into the functions of the two hemispheres.?
Split Bain : Procedures are rarely ever done with the advent of modern epilepsy surgical procedures , VNS therapy and improved anticonvulsant agents . You can read Scientific American Essay by Michael Gazaniga to gain some insight. This is a complex topic that would take an hour to cover in detail ( disconnection syndromes, alien hand syndrome , object anomia etc) ...Read more
What are some exercises or acts or food to make the brain function better(for studying,memoriZing...)?
Recite the alphabet: BACKWARDS. Use opposite hands. Do crosswords, watch Jeopardy, read and paint- for starters. ...Read more
Introvert...Is there anyway to neorologically become extroverted? To actually change the way your brain cognitively functions?
Extraversion: Rather than trying to change your personality, it might be more helpful to understand how others around you also have ways they interact with others. While there are a number of ways this can be done, a convenient one is through Myers Briggs testing, which is online; there are a number of books on "Type talk" which could be helpful to gain insight on interfacing with others. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer