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Anoxia, pneumonia and brain damage

A: Only your mother''s personal physician can really answer this question. However, we can provide some general comments on possibilities. Despite the advent of antibiotics, pneumonia is still one of the leading causes of death in both the United Kingdom and North America. It is therefore a very serious illness. Furthermore when it occurs in somebody as old as your mother, the infection is very likely to be complicated by other coexisting illnesses, which may complicate the treatment given for the infection. There are several different types of pneumonia, some of which are more serious and do not respond to antibiotics as well as bacterial pneumonia. It would be unusual for permanent brain damage to occur following pneumonia itself, unless any...


Will past experimentation with drugs lead to permanent brain damage?

A: Dear Reader, Fortunately, in this case it looks like you don`t need to be overly concerned. While the substances you`ve mentioned ecstasy, mushrooms, prescription pills, and alcohol can all alter brain functioning and neurotransmitter activity, infrequent experimentation with them has not been shown to cause long-term brain damage. That being said, they certainly do carry with them short-term effects like insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, changes in respiration and blood pressure, accidents and injuries, and even lethal overdose. Some of these related effects could be long-lasting. It`s also important to keep in mind that experimentation with some drugs can also lead dangerously fast to addiction, and recreational...


Is it possible to eat something so cold it gives you brain damage?

A: My first inclination was to say that this is unlikely in the extreme. However, if this is a true story, perhaps it is possible for a child where the brain is not fully developed yet, and assuming this ''snow cream'' was very cold, and that he ate it over an extended period of time. If you read http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-some-people-sleepwalk (look further down the page for the part about brain-freeze) you will see that there are nerve endings in the roof of the mouth that transmit the pain resulting from rapid cooling and rewarming of capillaries in the upper palate. If you then read http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=brain-freeze you will see that in birds, cooling down a...


Alcohol and brain damage

A: It is always best to eat healthy and do things to help get your brain back on track but there is no guarantee. I take omega and vitamin B complex to help my memory. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and buy organic juices. Avoid junk food and fast food. Unfortunately brain cells do not regenerate. You have all the classic trappings of what they call ''wet brain'' from drinking. The best thing you can do is never drink or do drugs for the rest of your life. Hopefully your brain will start rewiring itself using different parts that are unused to help the parts that are irretrieveably damaged. This will happen over time but not overnight. This phenomenon happens...


what type of brain damage may occur if a person was without oxygen for 18 minutes?

A: It is difficult to confirm the exact kind of damage, because it varies from person to person depending uponthe comorbidities, kind of hypoxia and duration of the same. Mild symptoms include difficulties with complexlearning tasks and reductions in short-term memory. If oxygen deprivation continues, cognitive disturbancesand decreased motor control will result. Continued oxygen deprivation results in fainting, long term loss ofconsciousness, coma, seizures, cessation of brain stem reflexes, and brain death. Best....

  Is it possible to acquire brain damage due to a choke hold?

A: Hi Lynne,If the choke is held for much longer after passing out, then your brain will not be getting enough oxygen,which then leads quickly to cell death, and this is when the brain can be damaged. In my opinion your symptomsseem to be associated with stress. I suggest you to consult a doctor if you feel your problems are worsening.Take care....


Do you think it is worth the risk to use deodorant/other things that increase chances of cancer/brain damage?

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Voluntary brain damage?

A: I am absolutely not a doctor, but I''ve always been told that if you''re consciously and voluntarily trying to hold your breath you''ll pass out and start breathing again before you do any brain damage....


Can the whooping cough vaccine cause brain damage? If so is there a genetic susceptibility?

A: The Health Protection Agency have an overview on whooping cough (pertussis) [1].  This includes the following Q&A: “Does the pertussis vaccine cause brain damage? In 1974 a paper was published suggesting a link between the whooping cough vaccine and brain damage. Because of this concern, the number of children receiving the vaccine fell. As a consequence, the number of cases and deaths from the disease rose. Subsequent research shows that, if there is a long-term risk of brain damage from the vaccine, it is rare, whereas the disease itself is known to cause brain damage and...

brain damaged from too much shaking?

A: Yes, shaking a child can cause brain damage. The name for it is "Shaken Baby Syndrome". Talk to the child''s pediatrician about it. What a sad story. Yes, very sad. Child protective services (CPS) should be called and everything you know reported. You can do the reporting anonymously, but have all of your facts ready. Be prepared to give information such as the address where the children live, where your sister and her boyfriend work, and specific instances you witnessed of abuse, including the days and times. It''s too bad things weren''t better documented and CPS wasn''t called back when this child was a baby, but you can still call now. For the children''s sake, "writing them off" is not the answer. Contacting CPS is...

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