Neurochemistry: Integrating Many Scientific Fields

A capstone is a culmination or peak of achievement. My experience in Neurochemistry this semester fit this label well, as it integrated several scientific fields into one, encompassing field with exciting applications. I was nervous for this class at first. I was very interested in Neurochemistry, but I lacked a through background in biochemistry or…
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So, What’s The Take-home Message From Our Neurochemistry Class?

Have you ever wondered? ——–Why do we become forgetful as we get older? How do pain killers magically alleviate our physical pain and why are some of us addicted to them? Why is eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C, E, Flavonoids and Carotenoids good for reducing the chances of having Parkinson’s,…
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Neurochemistry As A Capstone

Neuroscience is a fairly new frontier in the scientific world.  It combines biology, chemistry, psychology and other fields at the specific point of the nervous system.  These interactions and their implications in the human mind are fascinating.  I became so interested in neuroscience specifically for the reason that it encompassed my diverse interest in various…
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Is There A Single Cause Of Autism?

This week’s article discussed a new hypothesis for the cause of autism.  It is called a redox/methylation hypothesis and suggests that environmental issues activate autism in individuals who are genetically predisposed to the condition.  The hypothesis points a finger at heavy metals and xenobiotics (potentially harmful chemicals).  However, it seems that if this were the…
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Is A Pharmacological Cure For Alcoholism In Our Future?

One of our recent articles discussed the effects of ethanol, or alcohol as it is more commonly referred to.  Multiple signaling pathways in the brain are affected by alcohol either directly or indirectly.  These affects change depending on the brain region and whether the ethanol exposure is acute or chronic.  Based on the varying information…
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