The Science Behind Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the New York Yankee baseball player Lou Gehrig. During his season in 1938, Lou Gehrig started to experience muscle weakness which started to affect his batting and even his ability to tie his shoes. A diagnosis of ALS was soon made, bringing…
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Use Your Head Wisely: Sports And Concussions

With the news of Aaron Hernandez’s post-mortem brain autopsy being recently released, the sports community and general public are starting to wonder if the hard-hits of football and other sports are causing longer-term damage than we once believed. Researchers at Boston University found evidence of serious chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the worst that they had…
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Overeating As A Cause For Alzheimer’s Disease

We all know that eating too much can cause obesity, stroke, heart failure, cancer and a load of other problems for our body, but does overeating have adverse consequences for our brain? When we consume food it is broken down into smaller molecules, namely glucose, that can be used by individual cells for energy. When…
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Memories And Anxiety

Making memories is what makes life worth living. But what happens when you make memories during a traumatic event? Why do some people deal with these memories in a healthy fashion, while others develop PTSD or other anxiety disorders? Creating memories around traumatic events once was a survival mechanism. And, for many animals, this is…
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Dopamine: The Brain’s Pleasure Drug

When we think of drugs, we often think of the adverse effects that can be observed from the outside. Yellow teeth, saggy skin, hair loss are all common signs that someone is using drugs. But there is a lot that is happening that can’t be visibly observed. Drug use changes your brain. From the very…
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