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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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What's the difference between your central and peripheral nervous system?

What's the difference between your central and peripheral nervous system?

Just that: The division of your nervous system into central & peripheral is based on anatomy, not physiology. . The brain & spinal cord make up the central; the continuation from these two make up the peripheral. But they are continuous. The ''third" nervous system regulates the function of your remaining organ systems, from bowel to cardiovascular & everything in between. Maintains balance. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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What are the functions of your peripheral nervous system?

What are the functions of your peripheral nervous system?

Connects: Peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves that reside out of the brain and spinal cord (ie central nervous system). It sends signals to the brain (our senses) and receive signals from the central nervous system (motor activity) to move muscles. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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In a very rare disorder has a neuro come across when certain cells have attacked and killed the peripheral nervous system leaving the body to die ?

In a very rare disorder has a neuro come across when certain cells have attacked and killed the peripheral nervous system leaving the body to die ?

ALS: I believe you are talking about amyotropic lateral sclerosis - lou gherigs disease. Nerve cells in the spinal cord are affected causing muscle weakness and wasting, ultimately death, usually due to respiratory problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What does the peripheral nervous system do?

Some functions: These are nerves outside of brain and spinal cord, and responsible for sensation, strength, and maintenence of integrity of perspiration, peripheral blood flow, and perception of pain. There are both somatic and autonomic nerves present. ...Read more

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Dr. Michele Arnold
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What makes up peripheral nervous system?

What makes up peripheral nervous system?

Peripheral nerves...: The peripheral 'wiring schematic' begins at the nerve roots exiting the spine (at the anterior horn cell, to be specific), which then travel through a plexus (one on each side of the pelvis, and one under each collarbone), which emerge as peripheral nerves into the arms & legs, terminating at the junction with an organ (such as muscle or skin). Head and neck nerves differ slightly. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Marvit
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How does the peripheral nervous system connect to the centeral nervous system and vice versa?

How does the peripheral nervous system connect to the centeral nervous system and vice versa?

Through spinal nerve: Most peripheral nerves connect to the CNS via the spinal cord. Some through autonomic chains. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

Definitely yes: It is well known that alcohol is a depressant of the CNS and vascular system, leading to irreversible changes in the peripheral nervous system. Additionally there is a direct neurotoxic effect of alcohol. The most frequent consequence of chronic alcohol intake is a toxic alcohol induced polyneuropathy.The symptoms include numbness of the soles, followed by discomfort of feet and legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What is the difference between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system?

What is the difference between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system?

Anatomical terms: Brain, spinal cord, and cranial nerves, especially optic nerves, all start within the central system. Once outside the spinal canal these nerves are now called peripheral nerves and connect to muscle to cause contraction, and return to spinal cord, sensory nerves, to report peripheral sensations from outer world. ...Read more

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Dr. James Kufdakis
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