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Brain and Nervous System Conditions

Understanding how your brain and nervous system function can help you recognize the symptoms of conditions that affect them. Learn about diagnostic tests, associated diseases, and treatment options.
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Zonegran (Zonisamide) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages, Interactions
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Nayzilam (Midazolam) Nasal: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
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Gocovri (Amantadine) – Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
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Neurontin (Gabapentin) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages,
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Aricept (Donepezil) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
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Why Is My Scalp Tingling?
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Why Do Your Legs Shake?
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Everything You Need to Know About Nocturnal Seizures
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What Causes Dissociative Amnesia?
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Inbrija (Levodopa) Inhalation: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
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What Is Cortisol?
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Retrograde Amnesia: Overview And More
Types of Neurons: Parts, Structure, and Function
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Ingrezza (Valbenazine) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
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Onfi (Clobazam) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages, Interactions
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Tegretol (Carbamazepine) Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Dosage
Tardive Dyskinesia Symptoms
Early Signs of Tardive Dyskinesia
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A Guide to Developmental Dyspraxia (for Adults With and Without Kids)
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All About the Different Types of Amnesia
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Hypothalamus Disorders: Anatomy, Function, and Treatment
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Are Tardive Dyskinesia and Extrapyramidal Symptoms the Same?
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Muscle Weakness: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment
Learn About How the Meninges Support the Brain and Nervous System
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Serotonin vs. Dopamine: What Are the Differences?
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What Is Maladaptive Daydreaming?
Nerve synapse. Computer artwork of a junction, or synapse, between two nerve cells (neurons, blue). As the electrical signal reaches the presynaptic end of a neuron it triggers the release of neurotransmitters across the gap, or synaptic cleft, between the two cells. The neurotransmitters bind to receptors on the postsynaptic membrane, changing the membrane's excitability and triggering an electrical impulse. A network of neurons is in the background. Each neuron consists of a central cell body with many dendrites branching from it.
What Is Serotonin?
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What Are Neurotransmitters and What Do They Do?
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What Is an Axon?
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What Are Endorphins and Why’re They Important?
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Glutamate: Function, Healthy Levels, and More
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What Is Acetylcholine?
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Types of Neuromuscular Disorders
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Potential Causes of Involuntary Movements
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What Is Tardive Dystonia?
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What Is Pseudoparkinsonism?
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What Are the Different Types of Encephalitis?
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What Is Meningococcal Disease?
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Encephalitis vs. Meningitis
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The Differences Between Encephalopathy and Encephalitis
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Meningococcal Septicaemia: Symptoms and Treatment
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What Is a Brain Infection?
What Is an Aneurysm?
Brain lesions can often be detected with brain imaging studies
What to Expect When You Have a Brain Lesion
Oxytocin Increases With Parental Bonding
Oxytocin: Hormone of Labor, Love, and More
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Dopamine: What It Does for You and Related Conditions
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What Is Alcohol?
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What You Should Know About Empty Sella Syndrome
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Craniopharyngioma: A Rare Brain Tumor
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How the BRAIN Initiative Project Hopes to Advance Neuroscience
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How We Socialize as Humans Is Caused by Our Brain Structure
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Paresthesia: Why Your Body Parts Tingle and Fall Asleep
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You Can Still Have Seizures Without Having Epilepsy
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All About General Anesthesia
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The Responsive Neurostimulation System Controls Epilepsy Seizures
Daith Piercing as a Controversial, Alternative Migraine Therapy
Why a Daith Piercing Won't Help Your Migraine
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Can Sumatriptan Soothe Your Migraine?
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Ins and Outs of a Rare Genetic Condition: Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia
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What Is a Neurologist?
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Your Body's Automatic Responses and Why Doctor's Test Them
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What Are NMDA Receptors & What Is Their Role in Disease?