A Reflection On The Semester

It’s hard to believe that it’s over. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous about this class knowing that it was going to be a good deal of biology, despite the neurochemistry name. Proteins, receptors, lipids, synapses…. As we say up here in Minnesota, ‘Ufda!’ I feel that I’ve grown in a lot of…
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Alcohol And Behavior

Anyone who has drank alcohol or been around people who are drinking alcohol are familiar with some of the effects it has on behavioral and physical attributes. People lose some of the inhibitions, become flushed in the face, and the more alcohol consumed the more affected you become. Consumption of large quantities of alcohol is…
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Eating As Positive Reinforcement And Obesity?

Here I am again, writing about food, obesity, and the brain. This article really was about obesity though, and it’s not that  surprising that when there has been an connection to weight I have taken the opportunity to write about it in my blog, because like so many Americans I feel like I am constantly thinking about food.…
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Concussions And Checking In Hockey

We have all heard of concussions. Someone hits their head and in our culture generally we think or tell people to “shake it off”, but is that really a good idea? As a player, I know the temptation to get back on the field and make things happen. We all have seen professional players return…
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The Complexity Of The MAPK Pathway

Our article this week talks about how the MAPK pathway is highly linked with several neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS – Almytotropic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and cancer. A single pathway that is connected with so many influential diseases is exciting in that it offers a great deal of potential…
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