Things I Learned…

The final blog. I can’t believe the semester is over. It doesn’t seem real – there isn’t even snow on the ground. I would like to end my semester with one last blog about some things I learned in neurochem. The brain is cool. This semester, our class delved into the complexities of the human…
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Backward Logic And Bipolar

FLASHBACK!!! Five years ago you would find a 17-year-old version of myself sitting in my high school chemistry room. I felt like the king of the world, I thought I knew everything there was to know about chemistry and the world around me.  In all honesty I thought the noble prize in chemistry just a…
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Addiction Or Pain?

Severe pain affects approximately 6% of the population at any given time.  This pain can come from nearly any source and may be dealt with in various ways.  One way in which severe pain is moderated is through the use of opioids.  Opioids are analgesics (painkillers) which decrease the perception of pain, decrease reaction to…
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The Growing Spectrum: Why Is Autism On The Rise?

  Considering the personal relationships I have with members of the educational community, I often hear teachers refer to children that are “on the spectrum”, the autism spectrum that is.  However, the descriptions of difficulties teachers experience with these kids- social ineptitude, tantrums, breakdowns, and sometimes harmless quirks lead me to believe that the autism…
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I’m Not Thinking My Thoughts!

I want to discuss something that does not directly deal with neuroscience, at least not immediately.  It’s something that has been on my mind lately and I ask myself, “Why not blog about it?”  What I’ve been thinking about is the idea of thought insertion.  In psychiatry, thought insertion is a symptom where the patient…
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