Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 02:57 pm
Can someone please help as I am studying the brain at school (yr4) and I need to find out if the brain can shrink as we get older. Thankyou
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TheCorrectResponse
 
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Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 03:06 pm
Yes the brain can shrink as one ages. It can also shrink do to excessive alcohol consumption and long term hypertension, among other reasons. The ventricles can also expand compressing the grey matter and "shrinking" the brain in that way also.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 03:06 pm
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Brain shrinkage, a common symptom of ageing when people hit their 60's, appears to have no impact on an individual's capacity to think or learn, according to Australian National University research.
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cassidy1999
 
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Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 05:06 pm
Re: Can the human brain shrink?
cassidy1999 wrote:
Can someone please help as I am studying the brain at school (yr4) and I need to find out if the brain can shrink as we get older. Thankyou

Thanks so very much for your help.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 06:58 pm
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Brain shrinkage
Throughout adulthood, there is a gradual reduction in the weight and volume of the brain. This decline is about 2% per decade. Contrary to previously held beliefs, the decline does not accelerate after the age of 50, but continues at about the same pace from early adulthood on. The accumulative effects of this are generally not noticed until older age.

It has long been thought that the reason for brain shrinkage is the loss of neurons. Some past studies estimated that adults lose as many as 100,000 neurons a day. However, improved testing techniques have revealed that the actual loss of neurons is far less significant than previously thought. While some brain cells are lost, the reduction in brain volume is more a function of the neurons themselves shrinking in size, making them less effective messengers.

While the brain does shrink in size, it does not do so uniformly. Certain structures are more prone to shrinkage. For example, the hippocampus and the frontal lobes, two structures involved in memory, often become smaller. This is partly due to a loss of neurons and partly due to the atrophy of some neurons. Many other brain structures suffer no loss in size.


http://www.healthandage.com/html/min/afar/content/other6_2.htm
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 4 Mar, 2008 09:24 pm
I was gonna make a penis joke, but I don't think I'm smart enough to make one up.
CowDoc
 
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Reply Sat 15 Mar, 2008 10:08 am
You've listened to Hillary Clinton, and you still feel compelled to ask such a question?
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SmarTerThanUthinK
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2011 03:19 pm
@DrewDad,
That was extremely witty as well as funny.Thanks 4 the Laugh !
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