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How many people worldwide suffer from neurological disease?

450 million


What are the categories of neurally related disease?

Mental disorder
Neurological disorder
Learning or developmental disorder
Drug addiction


Describe the difference between mental disorders and neurological disorders.

It is an old fashioned view that mental disorders have no organic basis, and are merely functional problems of the brain
Neurological disorders, however, have an organic basis that you can point to


What is the difference between psychiatry and neurology?

Neurology: looking at organic causes of disease
Psychiatry: diseases that are thought to be merely functional, no problem with the machinery


What are learning and developmental disorders?

These are due to injury to the developing nervous system in childhood


What are some examples of learning and developmental diseases?

Trisomy 21
Fragile X
Tay sachs
Neurotropic infections


What do mental disorders affect?

Cognition, emotion, behavioural control


Describe the characteristic onset of mental disorders

Usually early onset, with chronic recurrence throughout life


What is the aetiology of mental disorders?

Complex, however gender does play a role.
Genetics and environment plays a role


What are some significant examples of mental disorders?

Bipolar affective disorder
Major depressive disorder
Panic disorders


Describe the evolution of pharmacological treatment for mental disorders

In the 50's they found that some drugs could affect mental disorders

Thus, there must be some organic basis to these mental disorders


Which drugs are effective against mental disorders? How do these work?

Benzodiazepines were especially effective, for example Valium (diazepam)


Describe what is significant about the treatment with drugs of schizophrenia

There are many different types of drugs

They lower the affinity the drug with D2, the higher the dose required for effective control. This is striking, because it says that there is a direct connection between binding of the drug and relief from the disorder


What are the major neurological diseases?

Multiple sclerosis


What is the aetiology of multiple sclerosis?

Unclear, however there is a profile for people who get this disease

Young, female, middle class, temperate climate
Eg. Jacqueline du pré


What is the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis?

Myelin on the neurons is destroyed by an auto immune response

These neurons may be motor or sensory etc.


What are the clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis?

Vision, sensation, movement, speech, cognition, balance are all affected


Muscle weakness


What is the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease?

Extracellular deposits of amyloid protein plaques in the brain
Intracellular tangles of tau protein
Disruption of the neuronal cytoskeleton

1. Deposition begins in the hippocampus, over many years, the hippocampus is destroyed.
2. Inability to store new memories in the neocortex
3. Spreads to the rest of the brain, distinctive pattern: median temporal lobe


What are the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer's ?

Memory loss
Cognition and intellectual function are affected


What are the types of cytoskeleton?



Differentiate between amyloid plaques and tau tangles

Amyloid plaque form outside the neurons

Tau tangles form inside cells when there has been amyloid plaque formation


What is the definition of epilepsy?

Two or more seizures

Ie. the seizures must be recurrent


How can epilepsy be detected?

EEG shows massive synchronous waves of brain activity


What is going on during a seizure?

Transient, hyper-synchronous, abnormal neuronal activity


What are the types of epilepsy?

1. Idiopathic: genetic basis, childhood onset
2. Secondary or symptomatic epilepsy: CNS injury or disorder
3. Cryptogenic: no idea what causes it


What is the genetic basis for epilepsy?

There is a link between epilepsy and mutations in proteins that are related to neural excitability

Such as ion channels or neurotransmitter receptors


How could one ion channel affect neuronal firing?

This could cause an imbalance in the excitation of inhibition of a neurons, leading to hyper synchronous firing and convulsions


What treatments do we have for epilepsy?

Dilantin, Zonisamide, Epilim

We have drugs, but we don't really know how they work

Most likely, they work to:
- enhance GABA
- block Na or Ca channels


What is the normal function of tau?

It is involved in the stability of the neuronal cytoskeleton

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