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What is white matter on the brain used for?

What is white matter on the brain used for?

White matter : "White matter" refers to the nerve fibers that facilitate communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. White matter is below the surface layer of the brain, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does white matter on the brain mean?

Can doctors tell me what does white matter on the brain mean?

See below: The brain is composed of white and gray matters. Gray matter is where the higher brain functions take place and the white matter usually transmits those functions. I believe you're refering to white matter changes seen on MRI or ct. These are nonspecific & may be seen with chronic small vessel changes from diabetes or hypertension or from multiple sclerosis or other problems. ...Read more

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I have white matter on the brain what does that mean. I also have a hearing loss on the left.

I have white matter on the brain what does that mean. I also have a hearing loss on the left.

Need exact wording: Everybody's brain has white matter ; tg since it is the necessary stuff to transmit signals from one part of the brain to another or the spinal cord or cranial nerves. I suspect the radiology report said something like, "white matter changes, diffusely seen, etc. Etc." it is likely not significant to the reason they got the scanbut your doctor will now best. Ask for an interpretation. ...Read more

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What is the white matter of the brain used for?

What is the white matter of the brain used for?

Communication: "White matter" refers to the nerve fibers that allow communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. Nerve cell bodies are "gray matter." white matter is below the brain's surface layer, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards. ...Read more

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What happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

What happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

?WHITE MATTER LESION: Am unclear if you are asking about MRI white matter spots, but if that is the case, perhaps there is a question of ms. But these spots could be due to other causes such as migraine, prior head trauma, medicine reactions, prior brain infections, etc. Ask more information from your physician. ...Read more

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I had a TIA in 2010, also one in 2011. Tests showed an increase in (large) white brain matter from one to the other. Should i be worried?

No: Worry will only cause stress, which is never a good thing. Prevention of future tia's or stokes include medication to help thin your blood, keeping regular doctor appointments to assure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are managed well, as well as overall staying healthy with dieting and exercise to prevent conditions like diabetes, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is brain freeze?

What is brain freeze?

Brain Freeze, too: Brain freeze from ingesting ice-cold foods is common & multifactorial, as are headaches. Such pain can originate from the skin, fat, muscle, blood vessels or within the cranium from great venous sinuses, their tributaries, the dura and its arteries, the falx cerebri, & the large arteries at the base of the brain (all of which have pain fibers). Also, migraines can trigger from alcohol and foods. ...Read more

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How large is the brain?

How large is the brain?

Brain size: Average adult brain volume in men is 1,260 cubic centimeters, & in women 1,130. ...Read more

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What is a brain freeze?

What is a brain freeze?

Slang expression: Many migraine sufferers, who eat or drink cold foods or liquids may experience a brief burning achey sensation when these items are ingested. This correlates with motion sickness, migraine headaches, and family genetics. ...Read more

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How does the brain work?

How does the brain work?

No problem: If you want to find out how the brain works, you can start with one of the standard references: Principles of Neural Science, by Kandel and Schwartz. I have the fifth edition. It's 1709 pages long. It covers the basics. It's an introduction. If you really want to get into the subject, there are more and bigger books you can read. ...Read more

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Is tv bad for your brain?

Maybe??: Tv does not cause brain damage, but far easier to sit comfortably and vegetate, and may be relaxing after stressful day. But many folks have stopped reading and learning, and even become more reclusive due to habitual tv watching. With the variety of cable activities, not hard to get into pattern. However, some evidence that chronic tv does lead to deconditioning, and weight gain. ...Read more

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How to exercise our brain?

How to exercise our brain?

Mental and physical: While I agree with the previous answer, it has also been shown that physical activity can help maintain cognitive function.

"Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults. " For more info — http://drmarkgalland. Com/physical-activity-really-does-enhance-cognition/. ...Read more

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This is your brain on music?

This is your brain on music?

Brain on music.: A brain on music is better than a brain on drugs. ...Read more

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How to understand the brain?

How to understand the brain?

It's complicated: The brain is a complex organ. Neuroscience, neurology, and engineering attempt to understand the anatomy and function of the brain from the genetic level all the way up to the organ level. Philosophy, psychiatry, and the humanities attempt to understand consciousness and the mind. ...Read more

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Why do brain freezes happen?

Why do brain freezes happen?

Brain freeze: Consuming ice-cold drinks or ice cream causes stimulation of roof of mouth (Palate) which causes rapid changes in small vessels in the sinuses which sends signals to the brain thru the Trigeminal nerve, causing referred pain (headache). ...Read more

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What are the top brain foods?

What are the top brain foods?

Nutrition: The top brain foods in no particular order are: blueberries, salmon, flax seeds, coffee/green tea, mixed nuts, avocados, eggs, whole grains, chocolate and broccoli/spinach, and calcium rich foods such as yogurt. ...Read more

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How to make my brain biigger?

How to make my brain biigger?

Cannot: You cannot make your brain bigger. It is genetically set at birth. ...Read more

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How can I improve brain power?

How can I improve brain power?

Keep brain active: Use your brain all through the day with active conversation, reading, playing piano and instruments, playing games with others e.g. Cards, discussing current events, joining and participating in clubs and social activities, dancing, studying, singing, creating with paints and colors. Keep tv watching and games to a minimum. Be resourceful and find activities to keep your brain active ...Read more

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How can pot affect the brain?

How can pot affect the brain?

Cannabis effects: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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What are some fun brain games?

Brain science: New activities are considered brain games. Examples vary from learning a new instrument or language to doing cross-word puzzles or sudoku. Exercise or kinetic activities are also brain stimulating. ...Read more

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What foods keep my brain strong?

What foods keep my brain strong?

Whole foods: If you want the best nutritionally rich diet, stick with whole foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grain. Avoid animal protein and dairy. ...Read more

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How could I make my brain sharp?

How could I make my brain sharp?

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

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How to increase your brain power?

How to increase your brain power?

Stimulate it: Play mind games. Reflex games. Read. Crossword. Use your brain. Don't just watch tv or play video games. Also, exercise and healthy diet promote overall health. Which helps the brain as well ...Read more

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Why is lead so bad for the brain?

Why is lead so bad for the brain?

Brain tumor: As lead levels build up in the body this can be transferred to the brain and the lead becomes toxic to the nerves which are the structures with the brain and body that allow the brain to control the body and its functioning. ...Read more

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What is ameloid patches in brain?

Amyloid plaques: Amyloid plaques are deposits of a type of protein (amyloid) in the brain. It occurs to a small extent with normal aging and to a much greater extent with certain disorders such as alzheimer's disease. Amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (another type of deposit associated with a protein called tau) are the hallmarks of alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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What causes the brain to shrink?

What causes the brain to shrink?

Normal Aging: As the old adage states "you begin to die the morning that you are born", one is born with the greatest amount of nerve cells and they die throughout life. This is a normal aging process. ...Read more

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What is the color of brain cells?

What is the color of brain cells?

Grey: Brain cells have a neutral grey appearance in the living person. Interconnections between these cells can be grey or whitish due to an insulating layer termed myelin. But the cells from which these connections arise are neutral grey. ...Read more