My Concordia Capstone

When I signed up for a Neurochemistry capstone course at Concordia, I was pretty terrified at what I was getting myself into. Every graduate of Concordia must have the capstone experience, as it is supposed to be the culmination of your liberal arts education. I thought that meant that this class would have to be…
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ALS: Bringing Awareness To This Neurodegenerative Disease

Background Information on ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a debilitating disease that can often be difficult to diagnose. ALS can mimic, or appear to be, many of debilitating diseases, and all of these must be ruled out before this diagnosis is handed out. Many of the diseases that could present like…
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Your Body’s Cannabinoid System: The Endocannabinoids

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) For medical marijuana to be so useful, your body must have a well-oiled system in place for it to act on, which is the ECS. This system is composed of your body’s cannabinoid receptor proteins, that are expressed throughout your central and peripheral nervous systems, and the endocannabinoids, which are…
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Measuring The Impact On The Brain: Concussions And How To Recover

Brain Injuries Concussions are considered to be TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). Most concussions are mild, but they can scale up to severe depending on the intensity and symptoms of the injury. The impact of the brain on the skull causes membranes and axons to get stretchy, leading to a disruption of ion movement. This imbalance…
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Alzheimer’s Disease: The Most Prominent Form Of Dementia

Forms of Dementia The dictionary definition of dementia is stated as a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Although there are cases of early onset dementia, the senior population is most highly affected by these diseases. We can…
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