Head, Spinal Cord, Brain & Nerve Disorders: Overview

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The nervous system is comprised of the brain, the spinal cord, and nerves located throughout the body. The nervous system is broken down into two general categories: the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, which is composed of the network of nerves that joins the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body.

The brain serves a myriad of functions. It is the site of thinking and the control center for the rest of the body. The brain is responsible for the body's ability to move, touch, smell, hear, speak and see. The brain is enclosed in the skull, a bone structure which serves as protection.

The spinal cord carries both incoming and outgoing messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is located at the end of the brain stem and extends down the back. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae of the spinal column.

Injuries to the head and spinal column can be debilitating and fatal. View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific head, spinal cord, brain & nerve disorders and some of their common causes.



See Also

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  3. Demyelination: Overview
  4. Epilepsy: Overview
  5. Green Tobacco Sickness: Overview
  6. Head & Brain Injury
  7. Head Injury
  8. Manganism: Overview
  9. Multiple Sclerosis: Overview
  10. Peripheral Neuropathy: Overview
  11. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  12. Spinal Cord Injury
  13. Stroke
  14. Tardive Dyskinesia
  15. 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  16. 1,1,2-Trichloroethane
  17. 1,3-Butadiene
  18. 2000 Lincoln LS Back Seat Latch
  19. 2004 Hyundai Elantra Airbags
  20. 2004 I-95 Maryland Tanker Truck Accident
  21. 2-Butanone
  22. 2-Hexanone
  23. Acetone
  24. Acrylonitrile
  25. Airbags
  26. Aldrin / Dieldrin
  27. AN-1792: Overview
  28. Barium
  29. Bellvue, Colorado
  30. BioGlue: Overview
  31. Bis(2-chloroethyl) Ether
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  34. Bromoform and Chlorodibromomethane
  35. Bromomethane
  36. Cadmium
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  38. Carbon Tetrachloride
  39. Chlordane
  40. Chlorfenvinphos
  41. Chlorinated Dibenzofurans (CDFs)
  42. Chlorobenzene
  43. Chloroethane
  44. DDT Exposure: Overview
  45. Diethyl Phthalate Exposure: Overview
  46. Dursban / Baygon / Dragnet
  47. Enterococcus faecium: Overview
  48. Felbatol / Felbamate
  49. Ford Crown Victoria
  50. Fruit Avenue Plume Site - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  51. Gas Cans
  52. Gasoline
  53. General Motors Vehicles
  54. Hall Street Plant - Beaverton, Oregon
  55. Heptachlor and Heptachlor Epoxide
  56. Hexachlorobenzene
  57. Hexachlorocyclopentadiene (HCCPD)
  58. HMX - High Melting eXplosive
  59. Hydraulic Fluids
  60. Hydrazines
  61. Ionizing Radiation
  62. Isophorone
  63. Jet fuels JP-4 and JP-7
  64. Kerosene (Fuel Oils)
  65. Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse & Falling Merchandise
  66. Malathion
  67. Manganese Exposure: Overview
  68. Methyl Parathion
  69. Methylene Chloride
  70. Mirex and Chlordecone
  71. N-hexane
  72. Pentachlorophenol
  73. Perchloroethylene
  74. Poles, Incorporated - Oldtown, Idaho
  75. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
  76. Royal Demolition eXplosive - RDX
  77. SCUBA Accidents
  78. Selenium
  79. Stoddard Solvent
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  82. Tequin / Gatifloxacin
  83. Thallium
  84. Tin
  85. Toluene
  86. Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH)
  87. Toxaphene
  88. Toxic Mold
  89. Trichloroethylene
  90. Videx / Didanosine
  91. Vinyl Chloride
  92. Brain, Spinal Cord, & Nerve Disorders: Frequently Asked Questions
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