How Far Is Too Far?

Throughout the course of the semester in neurochemistry we have learned how to dissect, interpret, and form opinions on research articles dealing the neurological problems. Taking this knowledge and expanding it to broader “big picture” ideas has put both scientific and social issues into context. A common theme present in the papers we have read…
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The Balance Of Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental which presents in early in childhood. While the symptoms vary, it is characterized by a general in ability to effectively communicate and interact with other people. The causes of autism are currently unknown. Autism is diagnosed off of behavioral, communicative, and social observation. Genetics have been suggested to play a role…
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Expanding Alcohol To Addiction

Understanding the biology and chemistry of addiction is pertinent for not only health, but also social reasons. On a personal, level few people do not have friends or family who are addicted to some type of drug, even if it be nicotine.  The costs of addiction are spread throughout society via crime and taxes helping…
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The Hendrix Experience: “Manic Depression Is A Frustrating Mess”

Manic-depressive disorder is considered the historical name of Bipolar disorder. The two are characterized by episodes of hyperactivity and at least one period of depression. This may seem like a very general description, which is why it is difficult to diagnose such disorders because of the different levels of severity; the disorder needs to be…
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Blaming High Fructose Corn Syrup

There have been many harsh words said about high fructose corn syrup as of late.  I can only say this from my own experience, but it seems to be the case in general as well.  High fructose corn syrup, they say, makes you leptin resistant.  Leptin is a protein hormone found in the body that…
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