Knowledge Is Power

This last semester in Neurochemistry has been filled with interesting topics about alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, concussions, bipolar disorder and so much more.  Few, if any of us could say that we haven’t been affected in some way by at least one of these topics.  At some point in our lives either we or someone…
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A Rotating Obsession: Autism Diagnosis And Treatment

As of 2002 autism affected 66 out of 10,000 people in the United States.  With its growing prevalence, it is becoming even more important to get a proper diagnosis for autism so that the children can receive the best treatment available.  Even though autism is not curable it can be managed and children can learn…
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The Cure For Alcoholism….

This week’s article was about alcohol abuse, alcoholism and the mechanisms behind it.  The purpose of this article was to figure out what happens when alcohol enters the brain and what parts of the brain are affected.  If scientists can figure out what happens, they may be able to find drugs that can reduce alcohol…
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Which Came First? Diabetes Or Obesity?

This week’s article talked about obesity and how some of the pathways that trigger in our bodies that we are full may not be working properly.  These chemicals that signal we are full and can reduce or stop our food intake are called insulin and leptin.  These chemicals work together so that when there are…
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Over Medicated And Undiagnosed

This week our topic focused around bipolar disorder.  Bipolar disorder is characterized by continual changes in mood that last over a long period of time.  These moods cycle between depression and mania and can last in one part of the cycle for weeks at a time.  The symptoms for mania include being easily distracted, little…
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