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Nerves, neurons and synapses

  • Nerves are cylindrical bundles of fibers that start at the brain and central cord and branch out to every other part of the body.
  • Neurons send signals to other cells through thin fibers called axons, which cause chemicals known as neurotransmitters to be released at junctions called synapses.
  • A synapse gives a command to the cell and the entire communication process typically takes only a fraction of a millisecond. Signals travel along an alpha motor neuron in the spinal cord 268 mph (431 km/h); the fastest transmission in the human body, according to Discover magazine.

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Diseases of the nervous system

Patients with nerve disorders experience functional difficulties, which result in conditions such as:

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The nervous system

The nervous system

  • It is a complex collection of nerves and specialized cells known as neurons that transmit signals between different parts of the body. It is essentially the body's electrical wiring.
  • Structurally, the nervous system has two components: the central nervous sys...

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The nervous system and vascular disorders

  • Stroke, which occurs when there is bleeding on the brain or the blow flow to the brain is obstructed;
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), which are mini-type strokes that last a shorter period of time but mimic st...

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Pain and the nervous system

Of all the diseases of the nervous system, the most common difficulty that people have is pain, and much of that is nerve-related.

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