New Gene Mutation Is Most Common Cause Of ALS

This week’s article emphasized the role of a particular pathway of kinases – the MAPK pathway– that often leads to cell death in various well-known diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Throughout all of the confusing biologic pathways where proteins trigger other proteins and substances that ultimately lead to cell, the things that stuck out…
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Confused About Treatments? Everyone Is.

With as much research as there is about Alzheimer’s Disease, there are surprisingly few conclusions as to its possible causes. Through the article of the week and classroom investigations into the different areas involving Alzheimer’s, much was learned about the possible mechanisms of Alzheimer’s but few conclusive answers were found. For example, Aβ protein segments…
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Possible Role Of Endocannabinoids In Reducing Post-Surgical Chronic Pain?

The article of discussion this week focused on the ability of endocannabinoids to aid in the protection of the brains’ neurons. Much of the evidence that was presented confirmed this neuroprotective role and even highlighted the endocannabinoid’s ability to promote the repair of damaged neurons and synthesize new neurons. Our class briefly discussed the implications…
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