Concussions: The Elusive Injury

Last week we talked about concussions in our class.  Namely, what they are and what causes them.  The latter question is easy enough to answer, turn on any high contact sport and odds are you will likely see an athlete receive a concussion.  Yes this massive deceleration that is experienced by our brains within our…
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Concussions Are More Dangerous Then We Think

Over the recent decades we have seen a great increase in the intensity of sports and along with it more seem to be getting concussions. Concussions can be very dangerous brain injuries possibly causing high levels of cognitive impairment in the individual’s future. Athletes still are well-educated on the subject and are unaware of such…
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Brain Tackles: Concussions In Football

How do you differentiate between the mild and spicy salsas at a Mexican restaurant? It’s obvious: one has a jalapeno and one doesn’t, or one tastes clearly spicier than the other. When it comes to the severity of a concussion, however, the ability to differentiate between a severe injury and a mild one is much…
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MAPK Pathway And The Brain

This week, the discussion topic was the MAPK pathway and its connection to Parkinson’s(PD), Alzheimer’s (AD), and Lou Gehrig’s (LGD) diseases.  One of the first things we discussed was whether we thought that there was a simple way to control or block the development of these diseases.  Unfortunately, we could not think of a way…
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Will The MAPK Pathway Lead Scientists To A Cure For Many Common Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are a scary thought for many people as they have either experienced one of these diseases personally or know someone that has been affected.  The thought of losing cognitive and memory function or having difficulties performing basic motor skills is…
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