Brain Awareness week is a global campaign to increase awareness on the progress and the benefits of brain research. Did you know that nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor?
Common Brain Diseases
• Alzheimer’s Disease – occurs when nerves in the brain start to degenerate in certain parts of the brain, which also causes progressive loss of memory.
• Parkinson’s Disease – nerves in the central area of the brain gradually degenerate.
• Dementia – a decline in cognitive functioning; due to death or malfunction of nerve cells in the brain.
• Huntington’s Disease – this is an inherited disease that causes degeneration of brain cells.
• Epilepsy – reoccurring seizures caused by abnormal and excessive electrical activity in the brain.
• Encephalitis – occurs from an inflammation of brain tissue usually due to an infection.
• Glioblastoma – an aggressive brain tumor, glioblastomas progress rapidly and they are difficult to cure.
• Stroke - occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a portion of the brain is blocked.
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – this disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and damage’s the body’s nerves.
*Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males & females) under the age of 20.*
10 Interesting Brain Facts
1. The brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body
2. Sixty percent of your brain is composed of fat
3. Sleep deprivation affects the brain in multiple ways that can impair judgment and slow reaction.
4. Individuals have more brain cells as a newborn baby than they will ever have again.
5. The brain is 73% water, and only takes 2% of dehydration to affect your attention, memory, and other cognitive skills.
6. On average men’s brains are 10% bigger than women’s brains.
7. Five minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage.
8. While drunk your brain is incapable of forming memories.
9. Attention spans are getting smaller; in the 2000’s the average attention span was about 12 seconds. Today’s average attention span is about 8 seconds, 1 second than the average attention span of a goldfish.
10. Teenagers’ brains are not fully developed until about the age of 25.