Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time, destroying the center of the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord connects the brain to nerves in the extremities, this damage results in pain, weakness, and stiffness in the back, shoulders, arms, or legs. Other symptoms may include headaches and a loss of the ability to feel extremes of hot or cold, especially in the hands. Each patient experiences a different combination of symptoms.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, announced it has awarded $600,137 in Quality of Life grants to 75 nonprofit organizations nationwide.
Children who present with acute-onset esodeviation should be investigated for underlying central nervous system disorders, study findings indicate.
Cavalier King Charles with neuropathic pain induced by a condition characterized by a brain–skull size mismatch do not show significant improvement after nonsurgical treatment for the condition, indicate UK study results.
In the United States, epilepsy affects nearly one million women of childbearing potential and whether there is increased infertility in women with epilepsy is presently unknown. People with epilepsy have been reported to have fewer children, however, the specific factors contributing to this lower birth rate are unknown.
Research in the UK by the BBC has revealed that pedigree dogs are being bred with debilitating genetic diseases and the culprit is the breeding process used to produce pedigree dogs.