My Neurochemistry Capstone Experience

Neurochemistry wasn’t exactly my first choice for a capstone course (just hearing the name sounds scary and intimidating), however I had heard great things about the course so I decided to take a chance even with my very minimal background in Neuroscience and a slight distaste for Chemistry. But now as I reflect upon my…
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Is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Type III Diabetes?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disease associated with the destruction of brain cells resulting in the decline of cognitive functioning, memory, and social skills. The most common cause of AD is aging. There are approximately 36 million people worldwide who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Since AD is common and not entirely understood, it is important to…
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Maternal Autoimmunity And Its Implications In Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is known to impair a child’s communication, social behavior, and contribute to the characteristic repetitive behaviors. Like many neurological impairments, ASD has many possible contributing factors to the disorder. In our studies this week during our Neurochemistry course, the paper we discussed outlined prenatal viral infections,…
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Concussions And The Devastation Of Second Impact Syndrome

A concussion usually occurs from a blow to the head resulting in symptoms including a possible temporary loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, nausea, and/or fatigue. At the cellular level, a concussion is causing microstructural injury to neural tissue in the brain. Axonal injuries caused by concussions can impair cognitive function, reaction time, spatial learning, and…
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Addiction And The Brain

The biggest thing I have realized from our classes weekly focus on the topic of addiction is that addiction is a complicated, multifaceted behavioral disorder. The article we read for this week explained that addiction is influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors. While there seem to be several receptors and molecule interactions that influence…
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