The human brain is susceptible to injury through a variety of methods which results in TBIs. Similarly, our brains remain vulnerable to a variety of diseases which can lead to temporary and/or permanent damage, as well as eventual death. Well known brain diseases include neurodegenerative conditions such as Degenerative Neurologic Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease. These disease often have strong genetic components and early testing through medical and neuropsychological methods can slow down the progression of select diseases; and thereby provide extended quality of life of many.

In addition, surgery and medication can be helpful for such conditions as well as for tumors. Various studies suggest that conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol, which are often overlooked in terms of brain disease, increases our risk for neurovascular brain disease but fortunately can be more easily treated and managed. Unfortunately, however, many brain diseases have limited treatment options and do not have any current cures. Some have even suggested that Schizophrenia is a form of brain disease; however, consensus is lacking this regard.

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