Home > Lifestyle > Healthy Nerves Healthy Nerves All sections in Lifestyle » Diet and nutrition » Fitness » Man » Sex » Parenting » Woman » Contraception » Environmental Health » Health and Your Money » Healthy Home » Healthy Workplace » Mental Health » Pet Health » Stop Smoking » Street Drugs » Sun » Teen » Travel Health » Ageing well » Natural Health » Health tech » All lifestyle sections Music may be just what the doctor ordered to soothe the stressed soul before surgery The findings of a new study show that music may be offered to patients as an alternative to tranquilisers before surgery. WATCH: What if we could read minds? How telepathy would change the world WATCH: What if everyone had superpowers? Paralysed patients undergo complex 'nerve transfer' surgery - and regain movement in hands and arms For people with tetraplegia - paralysis of upper and lower limbs - improvement in hand function is the single most important goal. Now, after complex "nerve" transfer surgery, 13 patients are now completing previously impossible tasks. New theory sheds light on Leonardo da Vinci's artistic decline A plastic surgeon noted that da Vinci's hand impairment was not associated with mental decline or other impaired movement, suggesting that a stroke was unlikely. Alcohol and your nervous system Have you ever wondered how alcohol affects your memory, or changes your behaviour? Will brain freeze ice up your brain? Neuroscientists give us the scoop on whether brain freeze does any real damage to your brain. What's sapping your vitamin B levels? Be aware that some medications and medical conditions are linked to vitamin B deficiencies. Caffeine and its effect on your central nervous system You’ll find caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks… but how does it affect our central nervous system? Why bumping your funny bone hurts What people refer to as your 'funny bone' is actually one of the major nerves in your arm and hand. HIV affects the nervous system within days of infection Many newly-infected HIV patients experience neurological problems, but they tend to subside after ARV treatment. How to enjoy your wine and still be safe Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you make the enjoyment of alcoholic beverages a lot safer. Why does your knee kick after a tap from a doctor’s hammer? Ever wondered why your knee gives a random kick when the doctor taps it with that weird looking little rubber mallet while doing a medical check-up? An expert takes a look. Why do we laugh when tickled? Whether you are the ticklish type or not, it’s a fact that you will laugh if someone tickles you. But have you ever wondered why tickling evokes uncontrollable giggling even when it’s not remotely funny? 8 things you didn't know about your nerves Check out these fascinating facts and illustrations of the nerves in the human body. Minerals and your nervous system Certain minerals, such as iron and iodine, are vital at certain stages of our development to ensure that our brains and nervous systems develop normally. DietDoc explains. Foods that make your brain function optimally Do certain foods affect how well neurotransmitters transmit signals between the brain and the nervous system? DietDoc takes a look. Why do we get pins and needles? The strange sensation most people call pins and needles is your body’s way of telling you that you need to relieve that compression. Here's why we get pins and needles. Your nervous system may hold the key to weight-loss People with higher levels of nerve activity may have an easier time losing weight, a small study suggests. Psychedelic therapy Notoriously illegal and synonymous with hedonism, LSD and ecstasy started life as aids to psychotherapy. Sam Wong meets the band of psychiatrists who are looking to reclaim them for medicine again. The Cranial Nerves Song Keen to learn all about the cranial nerves? The Cranial Nerves song is the perfect way for medical students to remember the 12 cranial nerves. How does the body respond to touching something hot? You might think that your body's rapid reaction to danger is pretty boring, but actually it represents a very clever exception to how your body normally works. Brain implant allows paralysed woman to communicate An experimental implant-software programme allows a Dutch woman with late-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to type words without assistance. Your built-in supercomputer Nature has equipped you with a mega-sophisticated computer - your nervous system. How diabetes can affect your nerves Nerve damage as a result of diabetes is referred to as diabetic neuropathy, and is a common complication of the disease. Modern life unnerving your nervous system? We shouldn't be surprised when our nervous system gets out of whack. Eric Clapton: Nerve pain like 'electric shocks' Peripheral neuropathy is the painful condition that has curtailed this top musician’s performances. Why vitamin B is so important for a healthy nervous system Health24 explores the effects of important members of the B-complex vitamins on the health of the central nervous system (CNS). Kwazulu-Natal woman survives encounter with black mamba 1 April 2016 will be forever etched in the memory of Mitzi Hazell of Inchanga in Kwazulu-Natal as the day she cheated death after being bitten by a 2.2 m black mamba. What are neurotropic vitamins and why do we need them? Neurotropic vitamins, such as the B vitamins but also vitamins D and E, are vitally important for the health of our nervous system. In fact, diet is as important to psychiatry as cardiology. How to fix temporary pins and needles Pins and needles is your body’s way of telling you that you need to relieve that compression. 10 fun facts about the nervous system The nervous system is probably the most mysterious and complicated system in our body. Yet without it, none of the other systems could function optimally. Here are 10 interesting facts about it. Diet and your nervous system The importance of a healthy diet in the maintenance of the brain and nervous system should not be underestimated. Read DietDoc's comments. The science behind why we itch A study shows that the sensation of itching is hardwired into the nervous system and can be traced back to a small molecule released in the spinal cord. Vitamin B12 deficiency: signs and symptoms If you have symptoms of weakness, constant tiredness, yellow skin, trouble thinking and tingling or numbness in your feet, hands or legs you may be deficient in vitamin B12, This new procedure could repair damaged nerves in days American scientists believe a new procedure to repair severed nerves could result in patients recovering in days or weeks, rather than months or years. How B vitamins could boost your memory Finding both your short-term and long-term memory is not what it used to be? Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid every day for two years could help restore it. Why do some amputees feel phantom limb pain? Phantom limb pain is commonly experienced in amputees, but why do they feel it? Experts say it's a physical problem arising from the severed nerves that once connected the missing limb. load more articles advertisement Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.