How Far Down Does The PD Rabbit Hole Go?

Most people know what Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is and for those that don’t know, the blogs below that were written by my fellow students all give a very good description of PD. But what is not commonly know is how far back to PD go? Parkinson’s disease was first formally recognized in James Parkinson’s “An…
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Unraveling Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is defined as “a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.”1 It typically affects people after the age of 50 and has been linked to multiple genetic mutations. Dominant forms of the disease are typically linked to mutations in two genes, alpha-synuclein and dardarin, while…
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Where Does Lou Gehrig’s Disease Come From?

This week we explored the pathways leading to neuron cell death which can lead to various diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in particular.  ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a disease in which there is a loss of motor neuron function. Motor neurons allow for voluntary muscle control. Because…
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Lou Gehrig’s Disease: Causes And Treatment

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.” Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech has been immortalized by baseball fans since his early retirement at the young age of 36. After a record-breaking baseball career, the 1938 season started…
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Addicted To Happiness

Drug addiction is a serious problem in society but what is the real cause. Drugs like heroin and morphine are two opioids that are commonly abused.  Addiction is described as a physical and psychological dependence of a psychoactive substance and the continued use of the substance despite the negative consequences that are involved. But when…
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