Get inside in the human (Alzheimer’s) brain

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Your brain is your most powerful organ. It has a texture similar to firm jelly.

It has three main parts:
1. The cerebrum fills up most of your skull. It is involved in remembering, problem solving, thinking, and feeling. It also controls movement.
2. The cerebellum sits at the back of your head, under the cerebrum. It controls coordination and balance.
3. The brain stem sits beneath your cerebrum in front of your cerebellum. It connects the brain to the spinal cord and controls automatic functions such as breathing, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.

The weighs of a human brain is just over three pounds and is made up of more than 100 billion neurons. It’s often called the control center, engine or computer of the body. Whatever name you give it, the brain calls the shots. Until very recent years, the human brain was largely a mystery, but within the last decade scientists and researchers have begun finding keys to unlock those mysteries. You can do some digging around online and find out pretty much all there is to know about the brain. However, that would take a good bit of time and you’d have to sift through a lot of complicated information. Instead, wouldn’t it be great if there was one site that would give you a great overview of the brain and make it all understandable?

Nance Wurtzel came across this interesting landing page on The Alzheimer’s Association website, which is billed as a basic tour of the brain (plus a big section about how Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain). It’s interesting and easy-to-navigate. Sort of like “The Human Brain for Dummies.”