Final Reflections

I enjoyed this Neurochemistry capstone course firstly, because of the interesting and fascinating topics that we covered. In the beginning part of the course, we discussed more of the biochemistry aspects and learned about different pathways, receptors, and substances within the human body that would provide us with a foundation for understanding the articles that…
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Synchronized Dance Therapy For Autism

A new hypothesis in the cause of Autism is that of a dysfunctional motor neuron system. Motor neurons were discovered in the early 1990s while studying the brains of macaque monkeys. Researchers found that a group of neurons in the front part of their brains known as the ventral premotor cortex (just in front of…
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Alcohol As A Social Issue

This week’s discussions centred around ethanol and it’s many different pathways that it effects. This is relatively new research, and not much is known about how this knowledge can be used to fight issues surrounding alcohol use. For me, the biggest issues with alcohol use and abuse are societal issues. I have known many foreign…
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Obesity As A Disease

This week’s article was about insulin and leptin signalling in the human body. Signals from our fat tissues, or adipose, release insulin which tells our bodies to decrease food intake. Therefore, if we have less fat tissue, we will have less insulin signalling and increased food intake, and if we have more fat tissue, insulin…
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Concussions In Elementary School Children

The topic of discussion this week was about the mechanisms underlying concussions and the many side effects that they can produce. The mechanical force of a blow to the head can cause chemical changes in the brain and alterations in signalling. These alterations can include influxes of calcium within cells that cause disruptions in metabolic…
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