Autism Spectrum Disorder: Neurexin Proteins

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities characterized by abnormal social interaction, communication, and stereotyped behaviors. The diagnosis of autism is mainly based on the presence of two major symptoms: social-communication deficits, and restricted and repetitive interests/behaviors. A 1996 study showed the prevalence of Autism to be 4.5 in 10,000 children. The…
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Neurochemistry – The Epitome Of The Capstone Experience

I’ll start by saying that I’ve never taken a class like Neurochem. But that shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s the only capstone course I’ve taken, so it should be different than the others. But the reasons why it was different are important to understand. Coming into the class, I expected more of a discussion…
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Neuronal Networking – A Connection Between Autism And Concussions?

What does that even mean – “A connection between autism and concussions?” Well, recently I’ve learned about the neurochemistry behind what occurs in the brains of autistic patients and found that the root of the problem is simply too many networks, signals, or connections in the brain, which leads to overstimulation of the brain. Obviously…
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Thoughtful And Informed Citizens

“The purpose of Concordia College is to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life.” Engraved in the stone at the center of campus, these words could not be more true of Concordia College. The overly theme of my Concordia experience has…
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My Concordia College Capstone Experience

When I first came to college I was under the impression that college was simply a means to an end. My end goal was med school and I was going to use Concordia’s stellar track record to help me get there.  I soon learned that medicine was not want I wanted to go into but…
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