Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions can affect the brain, eyes or nervous system. Explore amnesia, Alzheimer's, comas and more.


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Hear Sounds When Watching Silent Videos? It Might Be Synesthesia

Some people really can hear silent moving images. It's called visual-evoked auditory response, or vEAR, and one in five people may have it.

Repeat Hits in Football As Bad As Those Causing Concussions, New Study Finds

Scientists studying the brains of football players find more disturbing news about the causes of CTE.

When Wisecracks and Puns Are Symptoms of Brain Damage

A rare neurological disorder called Witzelsucht turns joking, punning and making inappropriate wisecracks into a compulsion.

People With Cotard's Delusion Are Convinced They're Already Dead

The delusion, also called "walking corpse syndrome," causes people to feel like they don't exist, are putrefying or missing body parts.

How Stuttering Works

Stuttering is linked to a disconnection between language processing and motor function, but its true cause is still unknown.

How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works

Are patients actually developing a foreign accent, or has something else gone haywire?

How Motion Sickness Works

If you felt slightly ill after watching "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 3-D, you weren't alone. Although motion sickness is very common, scientists don't really know why we get it.

How Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Works

A degenerative neurological disease resembling Alzheimer's, chronic traumatic encephalopathy can result from years of head injuries, large and small.

Totally Tone-deaf? The Problem Is in Your Brain, Not Your Ears

Yep, a congenital condition called amusia ensures that about 4 percent of the population won't recognize or enjoy Adele's latest — or any other music.

Reversing Paralysis Without Surgery? New Research Shows Promise

A nonsurgical electrical stimulation development can reawaken nerve connections in paralysis patients, and enable them to regain some movement.

5 Rare Neurological Conditions

Conditions such as Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy are familiar to most people. But what do you know about pheochromocytomas? Or ataxia? We're covering five lesser-known neurological conditions.

What exactly is amnesia?

My brother and I were watching a television show and a character got bonked really hard on the head. All of a sudden the guy couldn't remember a thing -- not his name, where he lived or even the lady he was married to. What happened? Is this amnesia?

What is cerebral edema?

Cerebral edema is a condition where the brain's water content increases, causing the pressure inside the skull to rise. Learn more about cerebral edema from this article.

What is landsickness?

When you're aboard a ship, you become accustomed to the feeling of the floor tilting and rocking beneath your feet. But what if that sensation stayed with you on dry land -- for years?

Why are there so many great writers with epilepsy?

The writers that crafted Alice and her wonderland, Tiny Tim and the brothers Karamazov had something in common besides extraordinary talent: epilepsy. Do seizures and novels go hand in hand?

Alzheimer's Overview

A little forgetfulness is normal, but what about when a person can no longer remember the names of their family members? For those with Alzheimer's and the people who love them, debilitating memory loss is a sad fact of everyday life.

Epilepsy Overview

You can liken seizures to electrical storms or traffic jams in the brain, but what do those seizures do to the rest of the body? Do epileptics swallow their tongues? Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide, but most people don't know much about it.

Agitation and Depression in Patients with Brain Disease

Depression and stress are normal among people who have illnesses that affect their brain. Understanding the possible causes of depression and stress can help ensure that the person gets the necessary medical or therapeutic care.

Brain Disease Conversation Starters

Talking about brain disease, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment can seem overwhelming sometimes. The tips in this article will help simplify this process.

Coping While Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's

Are you caring for a loved one with dementia? Learn more about this disease and find tips that will help you effectively give care to an individual afflicted with this illness.

Questions to Ask Brain Specialists

People with a condition that affects the brain will most likely see a specialist called a neurologist. Check out what we have found on how to ask the right questions for finding a brain specialist.

Strokes Overview

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of permanent disability. More than half of all strokes could be prevented. Are you at risk?

Are epileptic seizures more common during a full moon?

People blame a lot of things on the full moon, including an increase in the rate of seizures among those with epilepsy. But is it really true, or just a sort of superstitious lunacy?

Asperger Syndrome

Children with autism are frequently seen as aloof and uninterested in others, unlike those with Asperger syndrome who usually want to fit in and have interaction with others. Check out facts about asperger syndrome and treatment options.

Tourette Syndrome Overview

You may think you know what Tourette syndrome is, but throw out what you think you know. Tourette's patients are not constantly twitching and belting out obscenities.