Neurochemistry In My Future

I’m going to be honest and say I took this class because it fulfilled two requirements for graduation. As a chemistry class, it has served as my elective course for my chemistry major. As a capstone class, it has served as my required core capstone for graduation. I also thought it would fit nicely as…
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Finding The Cause Or Cure For Autism

The final discussion of the semester was on a topic that I care a lot about: autism. This past summer, I worked for my school districts out of school time child care program as a one on one teacher for special needs students. The girl that I worked most closely with was diagnosed with developmental delays…
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Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much?

When you think of alcohol what do you think of? A glass of wine with dinner? A beer after work with colleagues? Or maybe a Saturday night out with friends? You probably do not, however, think of alcohol as a drug similar to nicotine. Whatever your thoughts are of alcohol there is some important information…
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Is There An Easy Solution To Your Growing Waistline?

Obesity: a rising epidemic in American culture. But what is the solution? Diet and exercise clearly come to mind as well as possible surgery in some cases, but if you could take a prescription to help you lose weight, would you? Our article this week was on the way obesity is affected by leptin. You…
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MAPK: The Regulator Of Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease. What do these three diseases have in common? Well, according to recent research, all three may be caused by the MAPK pathway. In order to understand these similarities however we must define a few things. First, what is the MAPK pathway? MAPK stands for mitogen-activated protein kinase.…
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