Since Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, What Does?

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it seems very fitting to learn about! Autism is characterized by difficulty communicating, repetitive or obsessive behaviors, and sensitivity to light and materials. According to the CDC, 1 in 68 people in the US are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disease. Breaking that up even further, 1 in 42…
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Proteins And Parkinson’s

A common problem underlying many neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease is an abnormal accumulation of proteins in neurons. In Parkinson’s the protein alpha-synuclein (pictured below) builds up in large masses called Lewy bodies. These bodies are toxic to the cell and can lead to cell death seen in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s…
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The Battle Against Drug Addiction

While we have amazing facilities in the US that aid in overcoming drug addiction, why are the chances of relapse are so high in drug addiction? The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that about 40-60% of people relapse. Relapse can be due to strong withdrawal symptoms and environmental triggers. Drug rehabilitation centers focus on…
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Diagnosing And Dealing With ALS

A diagnosis of ALS is often accompanied by feelings of fear, frustration, sadness, and anger. Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects about 6,000 Americans every year and usually appears in midlife. In order to better cope with a diagnosis or help a loved one going through it, education is important. Understanding what we do know about…
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PTSD In The US Military

PTSD is very common among military men and women. Because they are often found in high stress, intense life-or-death situation, they experience traumatic events at a higher rate than the average person. PTSD uses a pathway in the brain that links fear to memories. This system is evolutionarily beneficial so that when we live through…
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