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Medical Brain Models – Learn About the Most Vital Part of Your Body

The human brain is the most complex piece of machinery on the planet. With more than 100 billion neurons processing and storing information, it has a greater processing capacity, in a smaller space, than even modern supercomputers, including the worlds fastest the IBM Roadrunner located at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The brain is composed of four major parts, the cerebrum (cerebral cortex, or cortex), cerebellum, hypothalamus (pituitary gland), and brain stem. Spatially, these comprise the frontal lobe, parietal lobe (at the top rear of the head), temporal lobe (above and behind the ears), and occipital lobe (at the back of the head), with the brain stem below the occipital lobe.

Brain traumas or tumors are among the most complex problems a surgeon has to deal with. Many areas of the brain behind the hypothalamus, for example are difficult to access, even with modern surgical equipment like the gamma knife (used for tumor treatment) and endoscopes (lighted tubes with surgical equipment options) for clipping aneurysms.

A neurosurgeon introducing the idea of brain surgery to a nervous patient will be aided in his explanations by an anatomical model. These come as two part, four part, 8-part and deluxe models showing arteries and brain sections, as well as transparent models and models showing the entire nervous system.

While transparent models, showing the brain inside a human skull, or simple two part and four part models are sufficient for demonstrating minor problems like a skull fracture, most neurosurgeon offices benefit from more complex models which can be disassembled to show patients how parts of the brain fit together, and the difficulty represented by a tumor beneath or behind the occipital lobe.

An ideal example would be the classic four-part model, which consists of a medially divided brain, with each part hand painted, numbered and (and separately identified in a manual which patients can read). The right half breaks down into two parts: frontal and parietal lobes, and the brain stem with temporal and occipital lobes. The left half is a transverse cut showing all the parts of the brain.

Even more effective, in terms of patient education, would be any one of three models which are divided into eight or more parts. The first, an eight part, color-coded model, is a life size model in which the parts of the left side of the brain are colored to show the sensory and motor areas of the brain, whose functions might be slightly or temporarily altered by surgical intervention for a tumor or bleeding artery. Also shown are the 12 cranial nerve roots and several major arteries.

The deluxe eight part model is an amplification of the four part model, with both halves of the brain disassembling into their component architecture (frontal with parietal lobes, and brain stem with temporal and occipital lobes). In addition, this model is highly detailed and shows the brain stem more extensively.

The deluxe brain model, which breaks down into nine parts, depicts the arterial network of vessels inside the brain in intense detail, enabling vascular surgeons to identify to their patients the precise part of the brain where bleeding or other problems have arisen.

All models are made of durable plastic or a similar ingredient, painted in exquisite detail and with surfaces sealed against moisture and body oils to provide years of trouble free demonstration. Many also come mounted and labeled. Also available is a complete nervous system model showing how brain activity leads to limb and organ function.

Universal Medical Inc is a premier provider of brain models and nervous system models

Area 47 in the Ă–tztal Valley, Tyrol
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Brodmann area 47, or BA47, is part of the frontal cortex in the human brain. Curving from the lateral surface of the frontal lobe into the ventral (orbital) frontal cortex. It is below areas BA10 and BA45, and beside BA11.

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Learn How You Can Enhance Your Brain Better

The human brain is the soul of the human nervous system. It controls involuntary activities such as respiration, digestion, and heartbeat, which are also known as automatic functions of the body. This organ also controls other conscious activities that are considered as higher order activities like reasoning, abstraction, and thought. The human brain is superior to any other brain of any other living species that are known to humankind.

The brain is also the center by which other human characteristics are defined. Creativity, for example, is much associated with the brain. So is personality. The brain lets us make decisions and define colors and smells. This organ controls every other perceived activity of the human body.

However, the human brain, as strong and as invincible as it may look, is not going to stay that way forever. As with any other part of the body, the human brain will wither in the future. One’s lifestyles and all other external factors will take toll against the human brain. As one grows old, the human brain will become slower in terms of functioning and rejuvenating itself. However, there are ways on how to enhance the power of the human brain as age catches up. This article tries to give some useful tips on how to do just that.

1. Live a healthy lifestyle.

The brain is an integral part of the human anatomy. It is probably the most important organ in the body; but of course, we all know that every other organ in the body works for the others to function properly. The human brain is subject to the lifestyle of the person who owns it. If the person loves alcohol, he may not fully reap the powers of his brain. Alcohol and other dangerous substances destroy brain cells. An alcoholic will argue that, “I’ve been using only ten percent of my brain, drinking will activate the other 90% of it.” This is a total fallacy. This premonition was formulated in the 1800s and there is no truth in it. The brain is a lifetime organ, so we must preserve and protect it.

2. Eat the right foods.

Eating the right sets of food will definitely benefit the brain. The brain is the most active part of the body. Even when one sleeps, the brain remains active and vibrant. The brain will appreciate it if one eats the right and balanced sets of food. The sad thing is that the brain is usually taken for granted when it comes to having a balanced meal or a workout because people are so focused into developing their outside looks. It’s about time that we give the brain a break.

3. Engage in proper exercise.

Proper exercise is good for the brain and not only for the body. The human brain needs a well-balanced life.

4. Release stress once in a while

Releasing stress is necessary to be able to clear the brain from all the difficulties and the clouds in one’s life. One must take time to get into a relaxing mood and a good night sleep.

The brain is an organ to be cherished. No individual will ever be able to live his life to the fullest if his brain is not functioning well. A brain that is cared for will result in a more active and fulfilling life.

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a human brain from work. ok, i work at the biology labs at my university.