Introduction

Diseases of the central (brain; CNS) and peripheral nervous systems (spinal cord; PNS) represent a major healthcare burden that ranges from lifelong disorders like epilepsy and schizophrenia, to genetically based neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease, traumatic disorders, e.g., stroke and spinal cord injury, and diseases of aging like Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Neurological and psychiatric disorders have a marked deleterious effect on quality of life, including the ability to work, maintain normal social interactions, and live independently, and can have a significantly negative impact on lifespan. While CNS disorders are highly debilitating on an individual basis, they also exact a significant toll on family members and on society as a whole. CNS disorders have been estimated to account for up to 15% of work days lost to disease, and approximately 20% of the nationwide cost of healthcare in the USA. Since age is a major risk factor for many CNS disorders, it is anticipated that these numbers will rise significantly as the population ages. Based on the size of the affected population and the impact on quality of life, this area as a whole continues to represent a major unmet medical need.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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