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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Is Autism Really On The Rise?

This week’s article discussed a hypothesis surrounding the environmental and genetic factors that may contribute to the development of autism. From 1970 to 2002, the diagnosed cases of autism rose from 3 in 1000 to 66 in 1000, increasing over twenty fold. Naturally, a lot of research has gone into why these rates seem to…
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Your Brain On Heavy Metals.

This week in Neurochem we talked about a very controversial and growingly prevalent topic – autism. As most people know, autism is a disorder characterized by a difficulty in verbal/nonverbal communication, social interactions, relationships, and disinterest/extreme interest in various activities. And, interestingly, the disorder is becoming more and more prevalent. According to the article, “How…
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Final Reflections

I enjoyed this Neurochemistry capstone course firstly, because of the interesting and fascinating topics that we covered. In the beginning part of the course, we discussed more of the biochemistry aspects and learned about different pathways, receptors, and substances within the human body that would provide us with a foundation for understanding the articles that…
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