The Capstone Of My Education

At Concordia, all students are required to fulfill a capstone requirement before they graduate.  According to Dictionary.com, a capstone is a “finishing stone of a structure” and Merriam-Webster calls it “a high point”. So, a capstone for us is an experience we have during our last year at Concordia that culminates our education. Some people…
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Science & Stigma With Obesity

Obesity is a common and serious health issue in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 1/3 of US adults have obesity and it’s on the rise. Obesity puts someone at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. So why is this such a rising…
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Steady Support In The Face Of Deterioration: Supporting Those With ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Many neurodegenerative diseases are a devastating diagnosis for patients and ALS is no exception. ALS is a motor neuron disease in which the upper and lower motor neurons die. ALS is fatal usually due to respiratory failure within a few years of diagnosis, but some cases can progress less quickly. With…
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Medical Marijuana: The Highs And Lows

Marijuana & the Brain You’ve likely heard about the concept of medical marijuana and its accompanying politics, controversy, and potential benefits. Marijuana is a drug that contains a variety of compounds including THC, which is the part that causes the “high-effect” known of marijuana. In the brain THC, acts on receptors of the endocannabinoid system…
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Concussions: An Athlete’s Dilemma

Injuries are par for the course in sports. Athletes experience their fair share of muscle strains and tears, but perhaps the most severe injury is one that occurs to a vital organ: the brain. Concussions are a common injury in sports today. It’s rare that you will meet an athlete who hasn’t experienced a concussion…
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