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The Threat of Meningitis

Meningitis, a critical and sometimes deadly infection, affects the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. There are several types of meningitis, and a patient needs to be evaluated by a doctor to quickly determine the cause and severity. “Meningitis is inflammation of the tissues, called the leptomeninges,” says Linda Salinas, an...

Examining Repetitive Brain Injuries

Reports in the past few years on the devastating effects of head injuries among football players have raised awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This neuro-degenerative disease is believed to be caused by repetitive, severe brain injuries. In such cases, a protein called tau forms clumps that slowly spread throughout the brain...

Lewy Body Dementia’s Treachery

Lewy body dementia affects an estimated 1.4 million people and their families, and the disease can become aggressive and insidious as it progresses. The condition is associated with the presence of Lewy bodies – abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein – in the brain, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. An...