Proteins And Parkinson’s

A common problem underlying many neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease is an abnormal accumulation of proteins in neurons. In Parkinson’s the protein alpha-synuclein (pictured below) builds up in large masses called Lewy bodies. These bodies are toxic to the cell and can lead to cell death seen in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s…
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Five Little Monkeys, Four Probable Concussions

Five Little Monkeys, Four Probable Concussions Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head. Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” One would think that after the first little monkey fell and “bumped” his head the other monkeys would stop jumping…
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It Really Is Better Safe Than Sorry

(Almost) everyone loves football. So much so, that we encourage our kids to start playing from a very early age. Why? It’s a team sport! It’s exercise! They learn so many valuable skills by being pummeled and ordered around! But is football really that good for overall health? According to the Sports Concussion Institute, there…
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Why The Three Strikes Rule For Sports Concussions Is Vital

Coaches, players, and parents should start adhering to the “three strikes rule” when it comes to concussions. This rule states that any player that has sustained three concussions in a single season must sit out for the rest of this season. I know this may seem extreme and I know how heartbreaking it could be…
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When It’s More Than Just A Headache – Concussions

Concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when a force impacts the head. What happens to the brain when this impact hits is it, quite literally, shakes back and forth inside the skull. This mostly affects the midbrain and diencephalon and causes a cascade of different neurological processes to occur such…
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