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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ALS And The Contributions Of Oxidative Stress

In the life disrupting disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons eventually causes disability through the inability to control locomotion, speaking, eating and breathing. The most unfortunate parts of this disease are that the cause of ALS is not completely understood, treatments are limited with no cure, and…
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Need Another Reason To Exercise? Stress Relief!

In some people, stressful events can be so impactful on a person’s life that their psychological, behavioral, and cognitive responses can be compromised or changed. Currently, it is understood that people who are anxious tend to form stronger memories than those who are less anxious. Because of this, mental health disorders like anxiety or PTSD…
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Can Obesity Cause Cognitive Disfunction?

The paper that I read for this week argued that obesity, along with genetic and socioeconomic factors, could be a result of an addictive lifestyle based on the reward system in the brain that signals the body to continue to eat high calorie foods that tend to be extremely palatable to humans. Similar to drug…
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