You don’t have to be neurosurgeon to explore the human brain on Saturday, June 2. You can step inside the MEGA brain that will be on display at the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Street Fair, 252 S. Fourth St., Lebanon, anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The inflatable brain exhibit — 18 feet long, 14 feet wide and 12 feet high — provides visitors with an interactive educational experience about the central nervous system’s most critical organ. Visitors can explore the inside to learn about the structure and normal brain function, observe examples of brain trauma and disease, and view displays explaining some of the latest neurological medical treatments.
Among conditions and diseases showcased in the MEGA Brain are headaches, brain trauma, brain tumor, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.
Fun brain facts:
- The adult human brain weighs about three pounds.
- Your brain uses approximately 20 percent of your body’s total oxygen supply.
- The human brain is approximately 75 percent water.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.
- The brain feels like a ripe avocado and looks pink because of the blood flowing through it.
- Your brain generates 25 watts of power while you’re awake–enough to illuminate a light bulb.
The MEGA Brain is sponsored by the Paul F. Dixon Stroke Center at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, with funding from the Francis J. Dixon Foundation.
Stroke risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Heart disease
- Sickle cell disease (also called sickle cell anemia)
- High blood cholesterol
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity and obesity
Symptoms/signs of a stroke
The symptoms of stroke may last a few moments and then disappear, but they signal a serious condition that will not go away without medical help. According to the American Stroke Association, if a targeted medication (Altepese IV r-tPA) is administered within three hours of a person having a stroke, chances for recovery could improve. Signs include the following:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause